Talk:Cantino planisphere

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The land just south west of Greenland seems to be the east coast of Canada. At the bottom of the land there is depicted a feature which is more or less the right shape and position of Newfoundland. 10 October 2009.

Further study of the map using a magnifying glass and comparing features with the maps display of Ireland and France: The feature which looks like Newfoundland is actually in the position of Nova Scotia (same latitude as northern France). The feature a bit further north, just west of the "T" which does not look much like Newfoundland is actually in the correct position of Newfoundland (same latitude as southern tip of Ireland) ! 11 October 2009 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:57, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
  • The land to the west of Greenland, with the trees, is indeed Newfoundland. It was re-discovered in 1500/01 by the brothers Corte-Real, who perished during the missions. The legend (in Portuguese) reads: This land is discovered by order of the very high, most excellent prince King Dom Manuel of Portugal, which was discovered by Gaspar de Corte Real, a knight in the house of the said King, and when he discovered it he sent a ship with certain men and women whom he found in the said land, and he reamined with another ship and never more returned, and it is believed that he is lost, and there are here many masts -- Alvesgaspar (talk) 12:11, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

Blue Colored Areas[edit]

What, if anything, is meant by the use of the color blue on this map? It seems like it could be significant but I didn't find any mention of it on any of the linked pages. The color is very bold and seems deliberate. I know blue is sometimes a symbol of royalty. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eemstewart (talkcontribs) 15:06, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

Sometimes seems to be mountains (Atlas etc.), sometimes seas (Baltic etc.)... AnonMoos (talk) 11:54, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

File:Cantino planisphere (1502).jpg to appear as POTD[edit]

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Cantino planisphere

The Cantino planisphere is the earliest surviving map showing Portuguese geographic discoveries in the east and west. Named after Alberto Cantino, who smuggled it from Portugal to Italy in 1502, the map includes a fragmentary record of the Brazilian coast as well as detailed depictions of African coasts. The map is also the earliest extant nautical chart where places (in Africa and parts of Brazil and India) are depicted according to their astronomically observed latitudes. It is now held at the Biblioteca Estense in Modena, Italy.

Map: anonymous Portuguese cartographer
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