Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Carta Marina

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The creatures depicted on land in the 16th-century Carta Marina are not particularly unusual: the map's lands contain knights on horseback, wild boars and bears climbing trees. The west side of the map, however, shows a much more fanciful plethora of wildlife.

Cartographer Olaus Magnus created the Carta Marina while staying in Rome, between the years 1527 and 1539. However, Magnus was originally from Sweden, and chose to depict the Nordic countries in his map.

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