It’s the 500th anniversary of the Piri Reis world map, created in 1513 by Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis.
The map – one third of which survives, having been found in a library in Constantinople in 1923 – pre-dates Columbus’s North American adventures, and shows the north coast of Africa and Europe, and the Eastern coast of Brazil with sophisticated accuracy for the time.
Islands including the Azores and Canary Islands are rendered, as are mythical islands like Antillia. The map was compiled from 10 Arabian sources, 4 Indian maps and one of Columbus’.
Our Future Maps engage with progressive design – it’s great to see what progressive meant to a 16th century audience. 500 years later, this map still astounds its audience.