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The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps$
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Benjamin B. Olshin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226149820

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226149967.001.0001

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Maps of the New World

Maps of the New World

(p.88) Six Maps of the New World
The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps

Benjamin B. Olshin

University of Chicago Press

The penultimate chapter of the book looks at two apparently later maps in the collection. The “Map of the New World” presents us with further questions, but also reveals connections to other documents in the collection. On the recto, we find a map that includes Europe and North Africa, as well as North and South America. On the verso, we find a text mentioning Antilla and the famed explorer Hernando Cortez. The “Columbus Map” is another map showing the Americas, but quite different from the piece described above. There is a large rendering of part of the Americas, but delineated in a rather awkward and distorted manner. This map bears a brief legend in the lower right corner, with the legend noting that it is a “Geographical chart of the navigations and voyages of the sea and land … made by Christopher Columbus, the excellent Genoese captain.”

Keywords:   New World, Christopher Columbus, Antillia, Antilla, North America, South America

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