In Charted Waters 500 B.C. to 1911 Mapping a Brave New World

Maps are among the most accessible assets we can use accurately, whether it’s an old print or the newest mobile app. Still, it took centuries for people to truly understand the geography of the world. Here, we show how our knowledge has grown and developed over time…

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Atlantic Ocean

Mediterranean Sea

Black Sea

Britain

Thailand

Cambodia

Sumatra

Java

China

North
America

Africa

Indian Ocean

Uzbekistan

Azores

Cape
Verde
Islands

Cape of
Good Hope

The Bahamas

Cuba

Haiti

Dominican
Republic

Virgin
Islands

East
Africa

Trinidad

South
America

Madagascar

Philippines

Papua
New
Guinea

Pacific
Ocean

Japan

Siberia

Antarctica

Cape
York

Tasmania

New
Zealand

Australia

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Carthaginians reach the Atlantic Ocean
for the first time.

Herodotus prefaces his Histories with a description of the lands known to him.

Britain appears for
the first time on a map.

Western traders reach Thailand, Cambodia, Sumatra and Java, as well as China.

Approximate date for the Viking discoveries of America for which they had different names.

For the first time, Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Far East appear on maps.

Nicolo and Maffeo Polo
travel to Uzbekistan.

Henry the Navigator
reaches the Azores.

Alvise Cadamosto
reaches Cape Verde.

Bartolomeu Dias rounded the southern tip of Africa, before naming it the Cape of Storms.

Columbus discovers The Bahamas, Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dom. Republic).

Columbus discovers the Virgin Islands, The Lesser Antilles and the Greater Antilles.

Vasco da Gama sails to India's West Coast, after navigating the coast of East Africa.

Columbus discovers Trinidad and
the South American mainland.

Madagascar is discovered
by Pedro Alvares Cabral.

Afonso de Albuquerque discovers the Maluku Islands, also known as the Spice Islands.

Portuguese sailors
discover the Philippines.

Papua New Guinea is discovered by Portuguese sailor Jorge de Meneses.

The Pacific Ocean is successfully mapped by Portuguese cartographer Diogo Ribeiro.

A trio of Portuguese traders become
the first westerners to reach Japan.

Russians begin to
fully explore Siberia.

Dutchman Willem Barentsz leads the first expedition to Antarctica.

The coast of Australia is sighted for the first time by Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon.

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman reaches Van Diemen's Land, now known as Tasmania.

Captain Cook sails
around New Zealand.

Captain Cook discovers
the Australian mainland.

Roald Amundsen is the first person
to reach the South Pole.

The world map is complete, and we're at the end of our journey. We hoped you enjoyed your experience, and that others will, too!

In Charted Waters 500 B.C. to 1911 Mapping a Brave New World

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