Unidentified Antique Maps

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Ireland, England, West Coast of Europe

    The map behind the ship is from an antique map. The ship Mari cog is a 13th to 14th century ship. The map that comes to mind is the Catalan Atlas, and that may be the probable source.

SCN 858


     The map is not identified, but the shape of South America is similar to that of Linschoten's or Blaeu's map of the continent. The souvenir sheet was issued in 1994 to mark the 500th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Tordesillas which divided the world between Spain and Portugal. The arms of Portugal and Spain appear on the map on either side of the Treaty line.

SCN 2483