Section of Waldseemuller's Carta Marina, 1516

Section of Waldseemuller's Carta Marina, 1516

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Caption: Section of Waldseemuller's Carta Marina. This is the second section of the middle row of the 1516 Carta Marina world map, produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller (c.1470-1520). This section shows part of the coast of western Africa, with illustrations of rulers of the interior. The coasts had been extensively explored by Portuguese navigators. This map expanded upon Waldseemuller's earlier work of 1507. There are numerous illustrations of mythological creatures and travel stories. Text blocks (in Latin) describe different regions. The red grid lines were added by the map's owner, Johannes Schoner. For all 12 sections of this map, see images C032/2804 to C032/2815. For the map as a whole, see image C032/2803.

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