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16th century world map

16th century world map

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SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Pierre Desceliers in 1546 on a commission by King Francis I for Henri II of France. Most noticeable is that the Northern hemisphere is upside-down. The distorted nature of much of the world excluding Europe is due to the lack of accurate mapping. A large continent at bottom, Terra Australis, represents the unknown areas, which were later found to be Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.

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