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Nautical word map by Nicolas Caverio, 1506

Reference

6868

Duration

00:05:23

Production year

2019

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Director(s)

Céline FERLITA

Summary

This map was drawn up by the Genoese Nicolas Caverio circa 1505 and shows all the Portuguese ports of call along the route to the Indies. It provided one of the oldest mappings of the east coast of Africa. The Indian Ocean which had been explored as early as 1498 by Vasco de Gama was gradually taking its modern form. This famous portolan is also a record of European explorations in Central America and Brazil at the turn of the 16th century.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number GE SH ARCH-1
View this document in the digital Gallica library:
https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b550070757

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