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A small map of the world showing Africa as far south as the Cape of Buena Esperansa, and a large map of Europe and Africa as far south as the Congo.
The map is neither signed nor dated. But because it shows the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope by Diaz, “it must have been made subsequent to his return to Lisbon in December 1488.” However, it does not show the discoveries of Columbus’ first voyage. Therefore, it was drawn some time between 1488 and 1493.
Because Genoa is conspicuously depicted, we can surmise the map’s author was Genoese. In addition to other evidence, comparisons between inscriptions on the map, and Columbus’ writings– including those he made on his first voyage– lead many to suspect that the map was drawn by “no other than Christopher Columbus himself.”
Think about this next time you ask Siri to find you a parking place.
[From A Book of Old Maps Delineating American History from the Earliest Days Down to the Close of the Revolutionary War (orig. 1926)]