Oh so many shapes!
The dancing boot guides you on early maps.
The anchor of the early european maps.
The Red Sea parts through history.
They begin as a star. Discover the Phantom Mountains in Africa Follow the Danube Through History Cruise the Nile Through History

World Shapes

Waldseemüller's large Wall Map of 1507 shows the most complete world image of the maps. The animation walks through the various shapes as of 1507.

The scale changes in the maps that follow, so the shapes have different sizes. As the mapmakers draw a larger territory, the individual parts of the map become smaller. Notice this particularly between the world maps and the portolan charts.


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