Shanhai Yudi Quantu
|Shanhai Yudi Quantu|
|Literal meaning||Complete Terrestrial Map|
The Shanhai Yudi Quantu is known to have be highly influenced by the Jesuit missions in China, starting with the work of Matteo Ricci. Matteo Ricci himself had two of his own maps entitled Shanhai Yudi Quantu: one engraved by Wu Zhongming (吳中明, Wú Zhōngmíng) and dated 1600 and another engraved by Guo Zizhang (郭子章, Gūo Zĭzhāng) and dated 1604.
Numerous areas and islands are named in this part of the world:
- The Great Ming Empire (大明國, Dà Míngguó)
- Japan (日本, Rìběn)
- Goryeo Korea (高麗, Gāolì)
- The Jurchen Manchurians (女直, Rǚzhí)
- "Five Cities" near Sungari (五城, Wǔ Chéng)
- Liaodong (遼東, Liáodōng)
- Daning, a military region (大寧, Dà Níng)
- Tartary, north of Liaodong (韃靼, Dádá)
- "Dogland", a land of dog-headed men in eastern Siberia (狗國, Gǒugúo)
- "Coral Tree Island" (珊瑚樹島, Shānhúshù Dǎo)
- Ryukyu Islands (琉球, Liúqiú)
- Siberia (北極界, Běijíjiè, lit. "Arctic Region")
- Gobi Desert (沙漠, lit. "The Sandy Wastes", which has become the Chinese word for "Desert")
- Kham Tibetans (西番, Xī Fān, lit. "The Western Barbarians")
- Muslims (回回, Huíhuí)
- "The Western Region" (西域, Xīyù)
- Qinghai (星宿海, Xīngsù Hǎi, lit. "Starry Sea" or 北高海, Běi Gāo Hǎi, lit. "Northern High Sea")
- The Kunlun Range (崑崙, Kūnlún)
- Annam in Vietnam (安南, lit. "The Pacified South")
- Champa (占城, Zhànchéng)
- Hainan (海南, Hǎinán)
- Srivijaya (三佛齊, Modern Pinyin Sānfúqí, Middle Chinese Sambiutjay)
- India (應帝亞, Yīngdìyà)
- Western India (西天竺, Xī Tiānzhú)
Java is shown in two pieces – Major (木爪哇, Mù Zhǎowā) and Minor (小爪哇, Xiǎo Zhǎowā) – far into the "Southwest" (西南海) and "Southern" (南海) Seas near the Antarctic.
Europe is marked phonetically as 歐羅巴 (Modern Pinyin Ōuluóbā, Middle Chinese Oulapa).
- France (佛敢察, Fógǎnchá)
- "More than thirty countries" (三十餘國, sānshí yú gúo)
- Greenland (臥蘭的亞, Wòlándeyà)
Europe is surrounded by the "Greater Western Ocean" (大西洋, Dà Xī Yáng, a body of water formerly located east of Rome and conflated with the Indian Ocean but now appropriately placed in the Atlantic), the Mediterranean (地中海, Dìzhōng Hǎi), and the Black Sea (太海, Tài Hǎi, lit. "Great Sea").
North America is marked as "North 亞墨利加" (Modern Pinyin Běi Yàmòlìjiā, Middle Chinese Pok Amoklika). The only location is marked phonetically and is unknown:
- "Angwayma" (亞外媽, Yàwàimā)
Another two unknown locations are located on an island to America's northeast, possibly the inhabited southwest coast of Greenland:
- "Cold River" (寒河, Hán Hé)
- "Fragrant Peak" (香峯, Xiāngfēng)
The Gulf of California is marked as the "Eastern Red Sea" (東紅海, Dōng Hóng Hǎi) and the "Ice Sea" continues across the north.
South America is marked as "South 南亞墨利加" (Modern Pinyin Nán Yàmòlìjiā, Middle Chinese Nom Amoklika).
Surrounding it are the Atlantic Ocean (marked as 河掅亞諾凔, Héqìngyà Nuòchuàng) to the northeast, the "Sea of Peru" (百露海, Bǎilù Hǎi) to the west, and the "Great Eastern Ocean" (大東洋, Dà Dōng Yáng).
Africa is surrounded by several seas. From the north, clockwise: the Mediterranean; the "Lesser Western Ocean" (小西洋, Xiǎo Xī Yáng) in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea; the Red Sea, called the "Western Red Sea" (西紅海, Xī Hóng Hǎi) to distinguish it from the Gulf of California); the western Indian Ocean, called the "Arabian Sea" (亞蠟皮海, Modern Pinyin Yàlàpí Hǎi, Middle Chinese Alapbie Hsoy); the Gulf of Guinea, called the "Libyan Sea" (利未亞海, Lìwèiyà hǎi); and the Atlantic Ocean (again marked 河掅亞諾凔).
The still-uncertain Terra Australis – today Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand, and other islands – is marked phonetically as 墨瓦臘泥加 (Modern Pinyin Mòwǎlàníjiā, Middle Chinese Mokngwalapneka). This transliterates the name "Magallanica", a name given to the prospective continent at the time in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, who had crossed past Tierra del Fuego and shown the southern continent (hypothesized since Ptolemy) to be separate from South America.
The map notes how little is known about this continent – "Few have reached these southern regions. Things are not explored yet" (此南方地人至者少, 未審其物) – and then ironically proceeds to include more placenames than Africa, America, or Europe:
- "White Peak" (白峯, Bái Fēng)
- "Great River" (大江, Dà Jiāng)
- Tierra del Fuego (火地, Huǒdì lit. "Place of Fire")
- Antarctica (南極界, Nánjíjiè, lit. "Antarctic Region")
- New Guinea (新入匿, Xīn Rùnì)
- "Place of Parrots" (鸚哥地, generally taken as Australia from a later name but originally referring to a location south of Africa, possibly Madagascar)
A large number of maps were derived from the Shanhai Yudi Quantu, many of them today in Korean or Japanese archives, but their history is generally difficult to reconstruct.
- Ptak, Roderich. "The Sino-European Map (Shanhai yudi quantu) in the Encyclopedia Sancai Tuhui".
- Ptak, p.1
- Ptak, p.3
- Ptak, 10-12
- Ptak, 10-12
- Ptak, 10-12
- Inter alia, cf. Jacobs, Frank. "575: A Fernweh for Magellanica". Strange Maps. 25 July 2012. Accessed 13 Oct 2012.
- Ptak, p.2