Many Renaissance World Maps Showed Antarctica Three Hundred Years Before Ostensibly First Discovered by Russians


If you haven’t perused Charles Hapgood’s superb book titled Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, be certain to give it a look, showing world maps drawn in Renaissance days such the Hadji Ahmed map of 1559, the Oronteus Finaeus map of 1531, and Mercator’s world map of 1538, all showing Antarctica, with good outline but too large, having been pieced together from ancient source maps and the constructors of the medieval maps ignorant of the size of Antarctica, thus that Captain James Cook was expecting to hit Antarctica but didn’t during his voyages because it’s about six hundred miles south from Cape Horn.