Poli Arctici Et Circumiacentium Terrarum Descriptio Novissima

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This map is by Hendrik Hondius of the North Pole – “Poli Arctici.” It is incomplete, as was the knowledge of the day. And so, one sees at least the outline of a portion of the landmass as you approach the pole, but, of course, the pole had not yet been reached by human beings at that, uh, time. One of the wonderful features of this map is the material that shows up in each of the four corners – uh, graphics of what was known about that part of the world, that chilly northern part of the world.



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