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This is an 1804 copy of perhaps the first ‘modern’ world map, made by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro in about 1450. It points south because 15th-century compasses were south-pointing. It shows the Portuguese discoveries in Africa and questioned the authority of medieval and classical sources. Intended for display in Venice, it emphasizes the feats of Marco Polo. The British East India Company commissioned this copy, thus implying that Britain was heir to the Portuguese empire.

An 1804 copy of the first ‘modern’ world map, made by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro in about and more magnificent maps as power, propaganda, and art from The British Library.

Lands of Aelwyn - fantasy map commission-aelwin.jpg

A website and forum for enthusiasts of fantasy maps mapmaking and cartography of all types. We are a thriving community of fantasy map makers that provide tutorials, references, and resources for fellow mapmakers.

Planeworld Map - Elemental Courts by Levodoom.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

A map of the elemental Planeworld. Decided against naming every area or placing every city since I'm not entirely done designing the realm and its inhab.