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Africa, from Fra Mauro's world map, 1457

Africa, from Fra Mauro's world map, 1457

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Africa, from Fra Mauro's Great Map of the World, 1457. Fra Mauro was a 15th century Italian monk and cartographer. In producing this map, which has been inverted from the original to put north at top, Mauro was forced to alter the land masses to fit his Christian doctrine. According to the Apocrypha, the Earth is six-sevenths land. Mauro drew oceans and continents to fit this belief. The original is held in the Bibliotecha Marciana in Venice, Italy. Taken from A Book of Discovery (1912) by M.B. Synge.

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