In 1922 William H. Babcocks Legendary Islands of the Atlantic was published by the American Geographical Society. Babcock begins
his consideration of the Atlantic islands with Atlantis, the island
which Plato described in 400 B.C. as having been destroyed nine-thousand
years earlier, and covers all the "mythical" islands to the end
of the fifteenth century. Babcock did not have access to the 1424
Nautical Chart. Based on his studies of other portolan charts
and maps he made the identifications that follow: Antilia (Cuba),
Reylla (Jamaica?), Salvagio or Santanaxio (Florida). These places
are all on the 1424 Nautical Chart. Babcocks work is interesting,
but it is generally agreed among scholars that he tried to do
too much without a thorough study of the sources. His arguments
find scant acceptance today.
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