Genoese world map, 1450

Genoese world map, 1450

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Caption: Genoese world map. This world map was drawn in around 1450, possibly by the Italian mathematician, astronomer, and geographer Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397-1482). It shows the world's eastern hemisphere (Europe, Africa and Asia) before the Americas were discovered. The map is annotated in Latin and illustrated with numerous artworks showing rivers, mountains, animals, plants and ships. It also shows towns and castles representing major population centers, princes on their thrones, and the territorial claims to Mediterranean and other islands. This copy, marked 1457, was published in 1912 by the Hispanic Society of America.

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