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history meme | [1/8] objects: piri reis map

The Piri Reis map is a pre-modern map compiled in 1513 by the Ottoman admiral Piri Reis. Only one third of the map survives; it shows the western coasts of Europe and North Africa and the coast of Brazil, along with islands including the Azores and Canary Islands. The map demonstrates the extent of the New World explored by approximately 1510 - Piri inscribed that the map is based on about twenty charts, including eight Ptolemaic maps from the era of Alexander the Great, an Arabic map of India, four Portuguese maps from Sindh, Pakistan, and a map by Christopher Columbus. 


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