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Portolan chart, 1591. Map of the North Atlantic

Portolan chart, 1591. Map of the North Atlantic


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Portolan chart, 1591. Map of the North Atlantic

Portolan chart, 1591. Map of the North Atlantic Ocean. Miniature Painting

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Media ID 8284449

© Mary Evans/M.C.Esteban/Iberfoto

Atlantic Cartography Chart Commerce Commerces Commercial Geographic Geographical Geography Illuminated Manuscript Manuscripts Miniatures Navigation Portolan Sail Trades


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This exquisite Portolan chart, created in 1591, offers a captivating glimpse into the geographical knowledge and maritime exploration of the late Renaissance period. The North Atlantic Ocean is meticulously depicted, with intricate detail and vibrant colors, revealing the known world as it was understood at the time. The chart is a testament to the advancements in cartography and navigation, as evidenced by the precise representation of coastlines, islands, and sea routes. The map's illuminated borders and decorative elements add to its aesthetic appeal, making it a valuable addition to any collection of historical manuscripts or miniatures. The North Atlantic was a significant body of water during this era due to its role in transatlantic trade and exploration. The map reveals the known trading routes between Europe, the Americas, and Africa, with various ports and settlements marked along the way. The chart's intricate depiction of the coastlines of North America, Europe, and the islands of the Caribbean and the Azores, highlights the extensive knowledge of the region's geography that was available to navigators and traders at the time. The Portolan chart is a fascinating artifact of the past, providing a window into the maritime world of the late 16th century. Its intricate details and decorative elements make it a beautiful work of art, while its geographical information offers valuable insights into the history of exploration and commerce during the Age of Discovery.

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