Nicolai Caneiro painted a map of the world as it was known at that
time. The stamp below is the portion of the map showing Africa. The
coast is marked by the names of many places which were known at that
time, and "padranos," limestone pillars, set up by the Portuguese to
mark their territorial claims. An elephant and a giraffe are the only
inhabitants on the interior of the continent.
By 1506 maps were no longer
painted by hand, they were printed. The map by Matteo Giovanni
Contarini was engraved by Francesco Roselli, and printed in 1506. The
discoveries in the western hemisphere are shown on the map, although
north and south America are separated by an open ocean. This map
served as the basis for the much larger map of Martin Waldseemüller of
1507. The interior of the continent contains more detail than previous
ones. Only one copy of the map is known to exist. It is preserved in
the British Museum.