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(My Fox DC)   Rarely seen 400-year old map puts China at the center of the world and shows the Americas off in the corner   (myfoxdc.com) divider line 126
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2010-01-12 06:54:26 AM  
The detail is amazing

fta "I don't want to take away from Ricci's other accomplishments, but we think this is pretty spectacular,"

I'd say so
 
2010-01-12 08:10:56 AM  
so it was an economic map of the 21st century? how prescient!
 
2010-01-12 08:11:47 AM  
I am Kanatian... eh
 
2010-01-12 09:18:57 AM  
The description of North America is brief with mentions of "humped oxen"

TMI, dude.
 
2010-01-12 10:16:08 AM  
Newsflash - most countries draw world maps with their own territory in the center, even today.

It is pretty damn cool though, all the detail. Stuff in that style and time period always amazes me, Japanese stuff too. All those woodcut magazines and even fliers for the daily news have so much detail.

Is there a bigger pic?
 
2010-01-12 10:53:53 AM  
I thought that was common for many countries. Huh.
 
2010-01-12 10:55:11 AM  
They don't have maps!
 
2010-01-12 10:55:52 AM  
itaz... I agree...that's silly. I have a map of the world I bought in Moscow. It's centered right on Moscow (though that handily makes things look better than centering on Greenwich that most western maps do).

I've got another map of the world that's centered on NYC (and I mean centered, NYC is where the equator would be on other maps).
 
2010-01-12 10:56:12 AM  
Nobody put 'Murrka in the corner!
/Swayze
 
2010-01-12 10:56:46 AM  
haha some shiathead spent a million bucks on that map and it isn't even accurate!
 
2010-01-12 10:59:05 AM  
www.jimpoz.com
 
2010-01-12 10:59:08 AM  
Headso: haha some shiathead spent a million bucks on that map and it isn't even accurate!

2/10, if only because there are some people who would say this.

Me, I think the map is cool. I love history, and I love seeing history from the perspective of WHEN I'm looking at, too. I've got some very interesting history textbooks, one from the 1950s, and another from the 80s.

The 1880s.
 
2010-01-12 10:59:12 AM  
There be Dragons!
 
2010-01-12 11:00:03 AM  
Old school GIS, very cool.

/The other GIS
//GIS'r
 
2010-01-12 11:00:46 AM  
fenrael23: Nobody put 'Murrka in the corner!
/Swayze


farking win!!
 
2010-01-12 11:01:00 AM  
"humped oxen"?

An adjective/noun or a verb/noun?
 
2010-01-12 11:01:06 AM  
Headso: haha some shiathead spent a million bucks on that map and it isn't even accurate!

It doesn't even have a street view. Lame!
 
2010-01-12 11:02:24 AM  
Looks like Merka in the middle to me. I can see my house.
 
2010-01-12 11:03:45 AM  
Ka-na-ta!

Tetsuo!
 
2010-01-12 11:04:36 AM  
Thanks Bill, for taking a brutal, repressive country off our Naughty List.
 
2010-01-12 11:04:53 AM  
Now Ricci, I'm really happy for you, and imma let you finish, but Waldseemüller had one of the best maps of all time. One of the best maps of all time!
 
2010-01-12 11:05:41 AM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2010-01-12 11:05:54 AM  
The description of North America is brief with mentions of "humped oxen"

Dammit, that's not a landmark, it's a journal entry!!
 
2010-01-12 11:07:49 AM  
Better get used to that view
 
2010-01-12 11:09:04 AM  
incredimazing.com
/Gerardus Mercator was a bloody masturbator, his hands were round his Bols
 
2010-01-12 11:09:42 AM  
Cormee: Better get used to that view

Ya, China's economy is like 1/10th as big as ours, they are about to take over the world.
 
2010-01-12 11:10:17 AM  
The-Brain: Old school GIS, very cool.

If you're still in school and have a chance, take an 'antique world maps' course or something like it. Fascinating stuff after the Mappa Mundi era.

My favs:

Kangnido map (1402)


Da Ming Hun Yi Tu map (1389ish)

De Virga world map (1411)
 
2010-01-12 11:10:41 AM  
Its interesting to note that now all countries, when designing a map, always put their country in the center.
 
2010-01-12 11:11:12 AM  
Are there pics of them humping oxen?
 
2010-01-12 11:14:48 AM  
"In olden days, nobody had ever known that there were such places as North and South America or Magellanica."


Nobody! Except of course the people that lived there.
 
2010-01-12 11:15:10 AM  
TrekerDave: The description of North America is brief with mentions of "humped oxen"

Dammit, that's not a landmark, it's a journal entry!!



I lol'd
 
2010-01-12 11:15:20 AM  
China as the center of the world..pfft..they don't even have enough womenfolk for wives


How centric can that be
 
2010-01-12 11:17:03 AM  
Where is South Africa, and the Iraq, everywhere like such as?
 
2010-01-12 11:18:03 AM  
FloatingBusError: "In olden days, nobody had ever known that there were such places as North and South America or Magellanica."


Nobody! Except of course the people that lived there.


Which, since the unspoken assumption is that you're talking about your own people and lands, don't count. =P
 
2010-01-12 11:19:57 AM  
Dorf11: The-Brain: Old school GIS, very cool.

If you're still in school and have a chance, take an 'antique world maps' course or something like it. Fascinating stuff after the Mappa Mundi era.

My favs:

Kangnido map (1402)

Da Ming Hun Yi Tu map (1389ish)

De Virga world map (1411)


I have some really neat repros of some classic maps I should scan and post but methinks my employer would be a tish angry. Some GIS (Yeah that GIS not the one we work in) should yield some decent results for my favorite though... Lewis and Clark track across Western North America.

/Also a GIS'r
//Not that one the other one
///There are quite a few of us on Fark IIRC
 
2010-01-12 11:21:48 AM  
gorgor: Are there pics engravings of them humping oxen?
 
2010-01-12 11:22:23 AM  
img194.imageshack.us
 
2010-01-12 11:22:41 AM  
FlashHarry: so it was an economic map of the 21st century? how prescient!

Came here to say this. :)
 
2010-01-12 11:22:58 AM  
FloatingBusError: "In olden days, nobody had ever known that there were such places as North and South America or Magellanica."


Nobody! Except of course the people that lived there.


God bless Vespucciland, la la hm hm...

/oh, by the way, you're all catholics now, domini, domini, domini
//c'mon, cisco
 
2010-01-12 11:24:19 AM  
www.timefold.com
 
2010-01-12 11:26:55 AM  
Everyone! lets go to the museum to check out the map that doesn't help you get anywhere becasue its so damn old!
 
2010-01-12 11:29:12 AM  
earthworm2.0: Everyone! lets go to the museum to check out the map that doesn't help you get anywhere becasue its so damn old!

Someone posted the Middle Earth map so it was only natural the trolls would show up...
 
2010-01-12 11:31:27 AM  
Now let's see 'em fold the bastard.
 
2010-01-12 11:31:50 AM  
www.hellblazer.com
 
2010-01-12 11:32:32 AM  
Thunderpipes: Cormee: Better get used to that view

Ya, China's economy is like 1/10th as big as ours, they are about to take over the world.


I agree with you for once! Thank the lord we have a Dem in office so we can start growing our middle class again to keep pace with their rapid expansion!
 
2010-01-12 11:37:37 AM  
LarryDan43: Ka-na-ta!

Tetsuo!


AKIRA!!

/I went there, thought no one would get it....
 
2010-01-12 11:38:33 AM  
Did Nostradamus draw this map?
 
2010-01-12 11:42:25 AM  
Pretty cool map, but for my money I find the Vinland map more interesting:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinland_map

Probably a fake though...
 
2010-01-12 11:45:37 AM  
Sapper_Topo: ///There are quite a few of us on Fark IIRC

We find our way to these threads with a differential/GPS combo and ArcSomething. I've wandered away from 'hardcore GIS' (tee hee), but I still play with MapServer and the Google Maps API now and then.

That L&C map is a classic. They must not have carried much liquor with them on the trip. :)
 
2010-01-12 11:47:18 AM  
Sapper_Topo: Dorf11: The-Brain: Old school GIS, very cool.

If you're still in school and have a chance, take an 'antique world maps' course or something like it. Fascinating stuff after the Mappa Mundi era.

My favs:

Kangnido map (1402)

Da Ming Hun Yi Tu map (1389ish)

De Virga world map (1411)

I have some really neat repros of some classic maps I should scan and post but methinks my employer would be a tish angry. Some GIS (Yeah that GIS not the one we work in) should yield some decent results for my favorite though... Lewis and Clark track across Western North America.

/Also a GIS'r
//Not that one the other one
///There are quite a few of us on Fark IIRC


Antique maps are cool, sadly my university/college offered no such courses. I have a couple reprints at home that I need to put up.
 
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