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Tasmanian Treasure: Rare 17th-Century Map of Australia Resurfaces
livescience.com ^

Posted on 11/08/2017 9:13:17 AM PST by BenLurkin

A rare map of Australia from the 17th century —before Europeans had fully explored the continent —resurfaced after 350 years. Now, it's finally been restored and put on public display in Australia's capital, Canberra.

Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu created the map called "Archipelagus Orientalis," or "Eastern Archipelago," in 1659. (This newfound copy was printed in 1663.)

Much of the eastern coastline of the continent is missing in this vision of Australia. But the map is notable for including the earliest details of the sighting of Tasmania by the seafarer Abel Tasman, who planted a Dutch flag on the island during his expedition aboard the Zeehaen in 1642.

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The delicate map measures more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) in width. It has letter-pressed text around the outside telling the story of Tasman's voyages. The map had been printed on paper and mounted on cloth, and some pieces were cracking, flaking off or missing when it resurfaced. It required years of conservation work before it was ready for display.

The map is believed to have gone into storage in Sweden in 1950, when the antiquarian bookseller who owned it went out of business, according to news.com.au. But not much is known about the map's whereabouts before then.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: australia; godsgravesglyphs; map
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1 posted on 11/08/2017 9:13:17 AM PST by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 11/08/2017 9:14:58 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Right at Albuquerque???


3 posted on 11/08/2017 9:17:01 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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You devil, you.


4 posted on 11/08/2017 9:20:31 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Amazing. Love maps. :-)


5 posted on 11/08/2017 9:32:51 AM PST by BurrOh (All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. ~Orwell)
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To: BenLurkin

Were there any coins or gems found with the map? That bastard Blaeu still owes me money.


6 posted on 11/08/2017 9:42:54 AM PST by Rinnwald
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To: BurrOh

Likewise, maps are fascinating, it amazes me how accurate old maps are.


7 posted on 11/08/2017 9:47:18 AM PST by Jolla
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To: BenLurkin; Kartographer

And here all this time I thought cartographer was spelt with a K


8 posted on 11/08/2017 9:58:42 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Thanks BenLurkin.

9 posted on 11/08/2017 10:01:12 AM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Jolla

Agreed. If you take satellite images and match against older maps, it is extraordinary. Blaeu maps are also attractive. imo


10 posted on 11/08/2017 10:07:30 AM PST by BurrOh (All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. ~Orwell)
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To: SunkenCiv

Holy moldy. Thanks for that link.


11 posted on 11/08/2017 10:11:08 AM PST by BurrOh (All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. ~Orwell)
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12 posted on 11/08/2017 10:17:53 AM PST by Daffynition (The New PTSD: PRESIDENT-Trump Stress Disorder - The LSN didn’t make Trump, so they can't break him)
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To: BenLurkin

Here there be monsters .... and in the case of Australia, very true.


13 posted on 11/08/2017 10:34:08 AM PST by taxcontrol (Stupid should hurt)
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...and then there’s the wildlife!


14 posted on 11/08/2017 10:35:32 AM PST by null and void (The internet gave everyone a mouth. It gave no one a brain.)
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To: BenLurkin

Tasmania bump


15 posted on 11/08/2017 12:07:11 PM PST by Freee-dame (Best election ever.)
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To: taxcontrol

Here there & everywhere be monsters, so I hear. Not limited to just Australia. But Australia does have the Tasmanian devil. 8>)


16 posted on 11/08/2017 12:08:31 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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17 posted on 11/08/2017 3:17:09 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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Don’t confuse want with ability!


18 posted on 11/08/2017 4:13:12 PM PST by null and void (The internet gave everyone a mouth. It gave no one a brain.)
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv

Is this map Blaeutooth compatible?


19 posted on 11/08/2017 5:19:48 PM PST by Redcitizen
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To: Cold Heart
VERY NICE!! Thank You for the PING!!!

The Kartographer's Pledge

"Maps I'll find for you many old and rare.
Maps will I seek for you of lands both dark and fair.
Maps for you, would I pursue.
Maps you could follow should you dare to choose to.
Maps I will glean for you of lands some have never seen,
and places you may visit if only in dream."

Kartographer
20 posted on 11/08/2017 6:06:44 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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