The World According to Columbus c. 1490

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Simeon Netchev
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published on 01 October 2021
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A map illustrating Christopher Columbus’s image of the world before his first voyage in 1492. It was based on a map by Toscanelli, depicting the planet about 25% smaller than it actually was, and ignored the (correct) measurements of Eratosthenes from some 1700 years earlier, compounded by his own wishful thinking and wrong mathematical assumptions. By Columbus' estimate, Asia was about 2,500 miles west of Spain. He was mistaken by roughly 8,000 miles.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, S. (2021, October 01). The World According to Columbus c. 1490. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14664/the-world-according-to-columbus-c-1490/

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Netchev, Simeon. "The World According to Columbus c. 1490." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 01, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14664/the-world-according-to-columbus-c-1490/.

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Netchev, Simeon. "The World According to Columbus c. 1490." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 01 Oct 2021. Web. 24 Oct 2021.