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Title: Enigmatic Indian Ocean Coastlines on Early Maps and Charts
Authors: Richardson, W A R
Keywords: Maritime history
Maritime navigation
Cartography
Mapmaking
Indian Ocean
Bill Richardson
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: The Globe. The Australian Map Circle
Citation: Richardson, W.A.R. 1998. Enigmatic Indian Ocean Coastlines on Early Maps and Charts. The Globe, 46, 21-41.
Abstract: Maps by early non-Iberian cartographers tended to rely heavily on Ptolemy's hopelessly inaccurate maps, and on a literal acceptance of Marco Polo's unreliable, second-hand writings. The identification of dubious, frequently imaginary coastlines on such maps is thus usually based on guesswork, or wishful thinking. Only critical examination of the inscriptions can provide reliable identifications. Maps of the Indian Ocean improved as Portuguese charts slowly supplanted Ptolemaic and Poloesque information.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/25699
ISSN: 0811-9511
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