Captain James Cook Looked for Antarctica But Expected It Close to South America by Mistakenly Enlarged Continent


Many of the world maps produced during the Renaissance showed the continent of Antarctica, although it wouldn’t be “discovered” until 1818 by the Russians, and Captain Cook in the 1700’s sought Antarctica when sailing around Cape Horn but didn’t find it because his Renaissance maps showed Antarctica very close to Cape Horn, drawn that way by the Renaissance cartographers who mis-patched together the ancient source maps, of which for instance about twenty composed the Piri Reis map as noted on it.