STEVE ALLEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE ALLEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Historical map of Europe and North Africa. Several compass roses are seen on the map at upper left and upper right, and a large one at lower centre. Flags are dotted around the African coast, showing European exploration and colonisation at the time by France and Spain. Shipping routes are shown in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Red Sea. The Canary Islands, the Azores and the Cape Verde Islands are also shown. Photographed in the Vatican City, Rome.
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