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The Cantino planisphere. The original is in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria library in Modena

Anonimuos1502-1505

Naval Museum

Naval Museum
Madrid, Spain

Cantino's map is a representation of the world as understood by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. Although its authorship is unknown, it is named after Alberto Cantino, an agent for the Duke of Ferrara who took the map to Italy following his service as secretary to King Manuel I of Portugal.

The information contained in the map had a huge impact on the trade relations between both countries. It includes partial details of regions that had hardly been explored at that time, such as Brazil. The African continent appears as a whole, and it shows a territory that could be Florida, which was not discovered until 1523. This could point to clandestine Portuguese explorations, or indeed an erroneous representation of Asia merged with America.

The work preserved at the Naval Museum is a reproduction of the original, housed in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria library in Modena.

Details

  • Title: The Cantino planisphere. The original is in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria library in Modena
  • Creator: Anonimuos
  • Date: 1502-1505
  • Location: Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 105 cm x 220 cm
  • Type: Map (facsimile)
  • Original Source: Museo Naval. Madrid. Todos los derechos reservados.
  • Rights: Naval Museum, Madrid. All rights reserved.
  • Medium: Ink on parchment
  • Photographer: Juan Antonio Clemente Izquierdo
  • Inventory: MNM RC 265

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