• The Azores Archipelago in the Cantino Planisphere

    Author(s):
    Luís Henriques (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    History
    Item Type:
    Course material or learning objects
    Tag(s):
    16th Century, Azores, Cartography, Atlantic Ocean, Planisphere
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6DX1J
    Abstract:
    The Cantino planishpere is the earliest surviving map showing Portuguese geographic discoveries in the east and west. It is named after Alberto Cantino, an agent for the Duke of Ferrara, who successfully smuggled it from Portugal to Italy in 1502. The map is particularly notable for portraying a fragmentary record of the Brazilian coast and for depicting the African coast of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans with a remarkable accuracy and detail. It was valuable at the beginning of the sixteenth century because it showed detailed and up-to-date strategic information in a time when geographic knowledge of the world was growing at a fast pace. It contains unique historical information about the maritime exploration and the evolution of nautical cartography.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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