there is something seriously wrong with this map…

japan is spelled with an “m” πŸ˜›
the surfer dragon dude sure was cool, cartography or not πŸ˜€

note: map (in portuguese) is displayed in the macau national museum.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Guagua Girl says:

    you know how the old maps had the phrase “here be dragons” for unchartered territories, right? i think this is the first time i've seen the dragon actually depicted πŸ˜€ so, you think they just didn't have the name for visayas yet? or the cartographer wasn't sure how to spell it? πŸ˜›


  2. Betis Boy says:

    i didn't have an idea about the “here be the dragon” thing til you told me. i guess i learned something new today πŸ™‚ i don't think the dragon here depicts unchartered territories though. i guess more to symbolize the eastern monsoon winds over the pacific. (trivia: did the early european explorers drift west to go east or east all throughout — answer is the latter, first to the southern tip of america, then to asia across the pacific. at least that was magellan's route. i guess it's because of the wind factor/ requirement, and which was direction was dominant during the season they sailed.)

    as for the visayas, boy have they got it all wrong πŸ˜€


  3. Guagua Girl says:

    the dragon representing the winds makes more sense πŸ˜‰ can you imagine what it must have been like for these explorers? they had no idea where they were going because, literally, no man had gone before … then they were hearing all sorts of crazy things from some of the learned men of their day, how they were just going to fall off the edge of the waters, or how the faraway lands were populated by monsters. you gotta give them credit. even if their explorations effed up native populations and cultures πŸ˜›


  4. Betis Boy says:

    ha.ha. that's according to written historical accounts from the west. but i best a chinese sailor or a chinese trader beat them to it πŸ˜€ (i think there's actually an account of a chinese man circumnavigating the globe way before the europeans).


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