You are on page 1of 9

MAPA DE CANTINO

TITLE: Chart for the navigation of the islands lately discovered in the parts of India, known as the Cantino World Map DATE: 1502 AUTHOR: unknown DESCRIPTION: As the Juan de La Cosa map (Slide #308) graphically dramatizes the impact of Columbus on Renaissance Europe, the Cantino planisphere glorifies the achievements of the great Portuguese navigators of the same period, including Vasco da Gama, Cabral, and the Corte-Real brothers. This, one of the first sea chart of the era of European trans-Atlantic discovery that can be precisely dated, is a manuscript born of controversy and intrigue. The name of the cartographer remains unknown for interesting reasons. In the political atmosphere of this period, the need for anonymity was imperative. Success in the bitter rivalry between Spain and Portugal required that the new geographical data generated by discoveries in the East and West Indies be kept secret. Information from returning mariners was assembled by cartographers to form official charts for kings and their advisors. It may seem strange that, with so much exploration activity during this period, why no earlier original Portuguese charts have survived (as far as we know). This is mainly because of a policy of official secrecy by which the Portuguese authorities sought to restrict access both to lands discovered by the Portuguese and to any relevant information which may have been of value to a rival foreign power. An office known as the Casa da Mina e India was the body responsible for overseas territories and colonies, and it was this office which produced and revised charts and maps, issuing them to pilots for use on voyages, subject to their being handed in again on return to Portugal. The Portuguese king, João II, had placed an embargo on the provision of charts showing the new discoveries under penalty of death. Another possible explanation for the lack of any known charts drawn for Prince Henry or for João II is that any charts which were made may have been lost during the great earthquake which destroyed much of Lisbon in 1755. Nevertheless, there were leaks. An inscription in Latin on the reverse side of this map relates that Carta de navigar per le Isole nouam tr[ovate] in le parte de India: dono Alberto Cantino al S. Duca Hercole ["this sea chart of the islands recently discovered in the regions of the Indies has been presented to the Duke of Ferrara, Ercole d'Este, by Alberto Cantino"]. A Lisbon-based diplomatic agent of the powerful Italian Este family, Alberto Cantino secretly obtained this important document and smuggled it out of Portugal. Cantino, who was the envoy (orator) of Hercules d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, to the Court of Portugal, kept his master apprised of the discoveries accomplished beyond the seas under the Portuguese and Spanish flags. The Duke having expressed a desire to obtain a map illustrating those voyages, Cantino ordered it from a cartographer living in Lisbon, and whom some scholars suspect to have been an Italian artist. Harrisse's opinion is that there were then in Portugal several Italian artists who made maps, not as cartographers, but as copyists and miniaturists (the maps of Nicolas de Canerio and Kunstamann No. 2, are clearly works of that kind). The latter charged him by contract twelve gold ducats (approximately $60), and required about ten months, from December 1501 to October 1502, to execute the work. While yet in Lisbon, the probability is that Cantino interviewed Americus Vespucci, who had just returned to that city from his third voyage, and obtained from him supplementary information, which we assume to be the additional names in a cursive handwriting. Cantino having occasion to return to Italy, took the map with him, left it in Genoa to be forwarded to Ferrara; and from Rome, wrote a letter to his master. The planisphere duly

reached its destination and was lodged in the archives of the House of Este. He bought the map. This. which doubtless contained a title engrossed in large gothic letters. in a different handwriting. Flags in their proper colors mark the different sovereignties. The two tropics are in red. From the moment that we admit the existence of a map which exhibited the northwestern continental region as reaching only to the tropic of Cancer. the Cantino chart still put to such ignominious use. In the present state of the enquiry. indicate that the map may have suffered. the Signor Boni. the librarian of the Biblioteca Estense. he had the map pasted on its folds.] It presents no border or margin of any kind. executed for a prince. and presented that all-important geographical monument to the Este Library where it is now preserved.. there was probably a scale of latitude. while Russia is marked by a grouping of characteristic architecture suggestive of Moscow. where it remained until 1592. A few years afterwards. . coloured and gilt. an excision all around the border. and bearing. is in black and red. The last possessor of this most valuable document put it to a very singular use. the islands in rich blues and reds. natives in jet black. the equator in gold and the papal Line of Demarcation in a brilliant blue. from that of the Turks at Constantinople to that of the Spaniards near Maracaibo. the following inscription: Carta da navigar per le Isole nouam tr [ovate] in le parte de l'India: dono Alberto Cantino al S. on the part of its last owner. and the lettering. Africa is characterized by a hilly landscape in pale blues and greens. the tail end of one of which is still visible. among which are interspersed smaller trees and shrubs in various shades of blue and three enormous parrots intensely red with white beaks and claws and divers wing and tail feathers in blue. to accept. Nor is it impossible that it should have also exhibited in the supposed cut-off part. as being within the meaning of the original cartographer. sometimes gothic sometimes cursive. A circular structure call Tower of Babilonja appears in Egypt. The continents are shown in a soft green. therefore. was pasted on a screen after it had been stolen from the palace of the Dukes of Ferrara. such as we see in the map of Nicolay de Canerio. besides. in Ferrara. During the popular outbreak of 1859. a castellated Portuguese fortress. placed to the east of the papal meridian and labeled Terra del Rey de Portugall. It is not likely that such an elaborate planisphere. The ocean is of an ivory tint. and was transferred to Modena when Pope Clement VIII despoiled Cesare d'Este of his duchy. measuring 218 x 102 cm. we are authorized to presume that there may also have been a map which represented that land ten degrees shorter still. Gift from Alberto Cantino to His Lordship the Duke Hercules. The Brazilian coast is adorned with tall trees in green. its latitudinal area in the map of Cantino. is displayed thick with trees in green and gold. The map. the configuration and extent of that continental land as we find them measured and depicted in the said map. a prolongation of the coast southward. a long easel stroke near the northern extremity of the line of demarcation. If so. when rescued from the butcher's shop. should have been left without some ornamented frame. happening to pass in the Via Farini. the critic is bound. native huts. In that year the map suffered the fate of the entire ducal library and collections. prima facie at least. There is. a planisphere on vellum. gold and brown. the palace was invaded by a mob and the map stolen. inasmuch as such is. after cutting off and throwing away the top margin. buff and gold. removed the vellum from the screen. Newfoundland. Wishing to cover a common screen. together with the act that the map. which may have belonged to a running title. noticed in the shop of a pork butcher. Duca Hercole: [Nautical chart for the islands newly found in the region of India. called Giusti. birds of various hue and a huge lion-headed figure in brown and gold. which has the appearance of the lower end of an ornate capital letter.

Additional evidence comes from the possibility and opportunity that Cantino may have interviewed Amerigo Vespucci. beginning with the most northerly designation inscribed on that continental land: NORTHWESTERN CONTINENT. dated November 19. The names north and south of Porto Seguro. . of two of his vessels. and at Lisbon. several key but undated maps were made in the first years of the sixteenth century. (beginning with the most northely name) Costa del mar vciano Rio de los largartos C: do fim do abrill Cabo d. as we suppose. a bentura Puta Roixa C: do mortinbo Costa alta C: del gato G: do lurcor Lago luncor Rio de do diego C:. and perhaps so late as May 2. and mave have acquired from him the new place-names that appear in cursive on the map. Further evidence. and who must have visited that coast several times in the course of clandestine expeditions. SOUTHERN CONTINENT: Tamarique Ylha della Rapossa Canjbales Ilha Rigua I° tres testigos Cabo de Sam jorge (bis) Arcay Terra de pan° Anaresma Boacoya Ilha de los canjbales San miguel Golfo del unficisno Las gayas Rio de Sã francisco Costa de gente braua La punta de la galera Abaia de todos sanctos Rio de fonseca Cabo deseado Porto seguro Montanbis albissimas Rio grande Rio de brasil Cabo de las perlas Golfo fremosso Cabo de scta Maria The latest geographical datum in the present map is. were inscribed. He states that it doubtless originated with other maps. the Cantino map contains the following names. 1502. had perished in the North Atlantic. but the primacy of the 1502 Cantino world map is established on the basis of its date. in its relatively first stage. The ad quem date is fixed by the letter from Alberto Cantino. Iicõtu Cabo Santo El golfo bavo Canju . saying that the chart made in Portugal at the Duke's order had been left for him with an agent in Genoa. when Miguel Corte Real sailed from Portugal in search of his brother. in October 1501. but very soon afterwards. to Ercole d'Este. .As to the nomenclature. . . Because two of Corte-Real's ships . as already stated. As to the northwestern configuration. 1502. again. comes from the geographic information and a legend expressing fear that Gaspar Corte-Real. and proceeded from a type on which had been grafted data borrowed from fragmentary surveys brought by mariners of different nations. Harrisse is loth to believe that it appeared in Cantino for the first time. This could have been inscribed only several months at least after the return to Lisbon. Rio de las almadias C: lurcar Cabo de b . on the Atlantic coast. then in Rome. at the north. who had just returned from the New World. arlear Las cabras Cornejo Rio do corno Rio de las palmas. the legend expressing fears that Gaspar Corte-Real had perished: e crese que he perdido. after the map had been delivered to Cantino. For example. Evidence of when an early manuscript was produced is essential in determining its priority and significance. the Portuguese explorer.

with information furnished at the close of the fifteenth century by Spanish or Portuguese navigators. the work of a Genoese cartographer. they think is the end of Asia. It is the earliest surviving Portuguese map of new discoveries in the East and West and represents the known world at the exciting moment when Europe was learning of its actual extent. . These two maps. as shown above. Portions of this explored area were recorded. From west to east it extends 257 degrees from Cuba to the eastern coast of Asia. One assumes that its maker had been allowed to study the Cantino map while that document lay in Genoa. and unintentional repetition of Cuba. the map could not have been completed before then. the date is certain. The American coastline remains fragmentary. and the Portuguese discoveries in the northwest are made to lie just on the Portuguese side of the line. . The prototypes have long since disappeared. and. dominant for the next quarter century.returned to Lisbon and brought this news in October 1501. The Tordesillas demarcation line between the Spanish and Portuguese spheres is inserted. depending in many. Though upon it is found no statement referring to Corte-Real or the King of Portugal. and which soon afterwards found their way into Lorraine and Germany. In the north Iceland is placed very nearly in its proper location and the Corte-Real landfalls in Greenland and Labrador (1500-01) are marked by Portuguese flags and by the legend contain in a banderol (against Greenland): This land which was discovered by order of . Dom Manoel. majestic trees on the large island labeled Terra del Rey de portugall [Land of the King of Portugal] in the North Atlantic recall the description of the east coast of Newfoundland given by the Corte-Reals when they returned to Lisbon in October 1501. part of the South American coast. The Equator and tropics are drawn in. Due to the size of this chart. the Portuguese flag upon the southern tips of Greenland and Newfoundland. widely separated from one another: · Punte de Asia [Greenland ?] · Terra del Rey de portugall [Newfoundland ?] · land to the northwest of yssabella [Cuba]. while the maker unfortunately remains unknown. and possibly Florida. the Cantino and the Caveri. both of Portuguese background. in the northern area it bears. as indication of sovereignty. This large manuscript world chart was drawn in color on parchment and measures 85. As the name indicates. the coasts are shown in considerable detail. A year or possibly two years later there appeared the Nicolo de Caveri world map (Slide #310). upon the Cantino production. Therefore. We possess only what may be called . the configurations and nomenclatures were derived from maps constructed by Lusitanian cosmographers. That is. King of Portugal. which has been variously interpreted as representing Florida. or a peninsula in East Asia. that series of charts and globes was based upon data sent from Portugal. because up to this time probes had been made only to the West Indies. but there is no graduated scale of latitudes.2 inches (218 x 102 cm). which Harrisse aptly named the Lusitano-Germanique Group or Type (Ganong refers to this map as a Vespucci Type ). but not all particulars. the unknown Portuguese cartographer divides North America into three disconnected landmasses. Nova Scotia-Newfoundland.8 x 40. Yucatan. Only the tip of Greenland is displayed. are the basis of the cartographical series. Harrisse discusses the influence of this Lusitano-Germanic type of map both on the geography of the New World and map-makers in Central Europe for more than twenty-five years. and in contrast to Juan de la Cosa's map. Farther west. but with a fair amount of accuracy. the place-names are numerous. As in other planispheres of the early 16th century. but gaps in the coastline were not filled in until further explorations.

nor precisely in what form originally.derivatives. Neither do we possess a direct specimen of this fourth type. This fourth type is represented by the curious planisphere of Nicolay de Canerio (Slide #310). A striking peculiarity consisted of a wide break on the north coast of the southern continent. still more easterly. But. and additional names inscribed on the northern coast. consisted in a continuous coastline connecting the northwestern mainland with the southern continent. some in manuscript others engraved. southwardly. To the northeast of that land. there was Newfoundland. A new and important feature was. The fifth type presented the same nomenclature and configurations as the preceding. therein called Terra de Cuba. and. Cast far away into the sea. rivers. which here extended. We possess no original specimen of this third type. with insular additions. the complete filiation of which cannot be established. Kunstmann No. the east coast bathed by the Oceanus occidentalis. but it certainly revives in the mappamundi of Stobnicza (Slide #316). and landing places. The second type set forth the same South American configurations as the first. The Cantino map is the most ancient specimen known of this second type which has. The third type differed from the Cantino chart with respect to the northwestern continental region by its extension southward about five degrees. whilst Greenland. or when they were devised. The first type omitted altogether the northwestern continental regions. about eleven degrees. but it exhibited the entire group of the West Indies. the original profiles of that continental land can be easily recognized in the corresponding region depicted by Johann Ruysch in his mappamundi (Slide #313). as follows: 1. but dotted with many names of capes. These five types defined by Harrisse may be said to indicate a geographical evolution. more or less direct. designated as Terra de Corte-Real. as we do not know how many productions of that character have intervened. 2 is the oldest specimen of that type which we possess. Greenland. but probably with different legends or general titles for the north and south continental regions. but this time in the form of an extensive peninsula. Its material difference from the three last types above described. and in the Tabula Terre Nove of Waldseemüller. and at a great distance. trending west from Northern Europe. The West Indian archipelago was also complete. with modifications. although the island was depicted in an insular form and in its proper place. according to the first statements of . 5. between Brazil and Venezuela. an extensive continental region running from south to north. assumed the shape ofa long and narrow island. bearing no general title. thus far. including Cuba. west and north of that island. lay an insular country ascribed to the Corte-Reals. and. which were probably yet unknown when that type was created. but with the Venezuelan coast unbroken. to the northeast of the northwest coast. The fourth type differed from the preceding by a more complete or elaborate delineation of the northeastern continental region. under the name of Terra laboratoris. in the Schönerean globes (Slides #323. stretching from east to west. 4. 3. #337). notwithstanding cartographical distortions. which is there named Ilha yssabella. due chiefly to the kind of projection adopted by the maker of the map. A map with Cuba exhibited in an insular form. with Cuba. Yet the data which those derivatives set forth are so characteristic that we can almost reconstruct the "mother-charts" and divide them into cartographical families. reached us. 2. the phases of which were apparently as follows: 1.

Again it is the earliest map known where the northwestern continental land is depicted. one of them by Pedro Reinel show the Newfoundland area with full indication of Portuguese sovereignty and occupancy. The maps of the first type have exercised little or no influence on the contemporary cartographers of Central Europe. it can be of no service in this analysis. there are. By comparing together the configurations of that northwestern continental land in the maps which represent what we call Types II. is only an hypothesis which other facts tend to repel. the reader will notice and bear in mind that in Cantino (Type II). and. two of the Portuguese maps in the so-called Kunstmann Series. 2. and in Waldseemüller. was blended with configurations borrowed from the Sevillan Hydrography. after exhibiting likewise the semi-circular gulf. In Cantino it is by 38° 30'. In this production the Newfoundland-Labrador area is shown with the specific label: Hanc terram invenere naute Lusitanor[um] Regis . engraved by Francesco Roselli. a world map (Slide #311) on a conical projection constructed by Giovanni Matteo Contarini. A map with Cuba (called Ilha yssabella) represented together with a western continent close to it. close to the shore. the southern coast continues unbroken until it meets the northern borders of South America. In Canerio (Type IV). two large islands. about five degrees southwardly. In Ruysch (Type III). A map resembling the preceding. by 37°. This evolution found its last term when the Lusitanian nomenclature. and as we know the exact latitude of that island. which is inscribed on that continental region. In the succeeding two years. both of which are also to be seen at that place in Waldseemüller and Schöner. It is the planisphere known as the Cantino Chart. and without any continental region situate west of that island. A map prolonging that coast still further towards the south by about eleven degrees. for a sort of meridian and touchstone to establish the relative position of all lands and islands in that part of the Lusitano-Germanic maps and globes. We possess but one specimen of this type. as it constitutes the starting-point of Harrisse's comments on the Lusitano-Germanic cartography. followed by about three degrees of southern coast. we will adopt its most northern cape. however. both in Ruysch and Canerio. but the latter extending southward only to about our 20° 30' north latitude. in reality the northwestern coast of Cuba is by 23° 11' north latitude. and shows lower down. III. 4. A map with a continuous coast line. the peninsula constitutes the northern shore of a semicircular gulf. it is necessary at the outset to recall its georaphical bearing and nomenclature. This. in King. But. and V. but with its northeastern coast prolonged through a gulf. that southern coast. IV. continues still further. connecting definitely both sections of the American continent. as fixed in modern charts (23° 11'). the Cantino planisphere exhibits no scale of latitudes. For instance. but in 1506 appeared in Florence. Again. In Stobnicza (Type V). and Cantino Planisphere. geographical . unfortunately. For instance. 5. the other somewhat triangular.Columbus himself. by 31°. as there can be no doubt as to the intention of the makers of all those maps to represent Cuba (under the name of Ilha yssabella ). upon the latter appearing directly for the first time in Central Europe. All of these were manuscript maps of limited circulation. in Schöner. What Harrisse calls the Lusitano-Germanic cartography begins only with the introduction of mappamundi which belonged to the second type. the said region ends at the south with a sort of peninsula trending eastward. one lozenge-like. 3. All the other maps have such a scale. by 37° 30'.

whether or not they regarded Newfoundland as an island. that Cantino did not intend to represent this Newfoundland-Labrador landmass as an island.. the Waldseemüller world map of 1507 (Slide #312).. The northwestern continental land in Ruysch is also far less complete than we find it depicted in Canerio. says Harrisse. they showed Verrazzano and his contemporaries no connection of solid land between Newfoundland and the Florida landmass portrayed on them. and it is certain. good and bad. the Line of Demarcation established in 1494 by the Treaty of Tordesillas. In Wroth's discussion of the northern discoveries as an element in the Verrazzano story. later to be known as the West Indies). Not all contemporaries of Cantino interpreted his meaning in this way. the maps of this group display between Florida and Newfoundland a large area of open water. manuscript and printed. This belief is graphically portrayed in the Caveri map where open water borders the western shore of the North American continent. so far south as our 10° north latitude. but it seems reasonable to believe that the missing 103° of his design comprised not only westward-extending land but beyond it water of the same ocean that washed the eastern shore of Asia. is as follows: · Area A is the continental land which emerges from the northwestern extremity of the map. It is to be observed as a matter of special interest that the makers of both the Cantino and Caveri maps intended to convey the belief that the two continents of North and South America formed a grand division of the earth separated from both Europe and Asia and lying between the two.. The Newfoundland-Labrador land is shown unmistakably as an island in the maps of the Lusitano-Germanic Group. ..representations and names showing that their prototypes differed in important respects from Cantino. though not universally. he would not have cut it off ten degrees. for instance. at the command of the most high and mighty King don Fernando. it may be observed. A significant point to be kept in mind in the discussion of the maps of Cantino and Caveri and their chief derivative. Admiral of these islands. One of their common features is their location of Newfoundland as an island. is that. that if Ruysch's prototype had presented a coast line extending. offering unimpeded passage to an explorer seeking a route to the China coast." Taking. This eastward location of the island is even more strongly emphasized. On the contrary. but as the known eastern extension of a supposed continental land not definitely located. It has been generally. now generally accepted. agreed that political reasons lay behind the placing of the island on both the Cantino and Caveri maps in the Portuguese sphere just beyond. and trends eastwards. in its earliest known form.. pictured this relationship one to another of the Newfoundland and Florida areas.. in the celebrated King-Hamy-Huntington chart. "cast far away into the sea" to the east or northeast of that American continental landmass which they admirably portrayed. The conclusion in the case of the Cantino map must be arrived at by consideration of the fact that it shows only 257° of the 360° of the earth's surface and that its eastern coast of Asia is shown as bordering on open water. an outline of this section of the map. discovered by Columbus.. which appear here for the first time by this name (previously called the Indies. By having the western coast of his North American continent coincide with the western edge of the map. In the has Antilhas [Antilles]. in the eastward sense. The maps of the Lusitano-Germanic groups of the next twenty years or more. In another discussion of its character Harrisse affirms his belief. the statement appears that "these are the West Indies of the King of Castille. an anonymous Italian production of a date slightly later than that of the map of Caveri. as a model. that characteristic configuration. from its shape and position. he left indefinite the length of its westward extension. he states that the Cantino and Caveri maps take a place of great significance for many reasons.

If we are seeing Cuba (C) and Florida (B). One is that the anonymous Portuguese mapmaker confused Spanish reports of the configuration of the newly discovered islands and duplicated Cuba. Columbus' early partner. Another interpretation considers yssabella to be Cuba but regards the peninsula as the Asian mainland Columbus and Cabot believed they had reached. Savanah. are the oldest surviving maps to bear this historic line. the Portuguese controlled the East Indies and Brazil. prominently shown is the Line of Demarcation of the Treaty of Tordesillas. Northwest of Ilha yssabella a coastline is laid down marked Parte de Assia and bearing names from Columbus' first two voyages. and Melinde occur. at a later period apparently some amendment has been made to the Brazilian portion. The islands at the southern extremity strongly indicate a knowledge of the Florida keys and Tortugas. and the peninsula to the northwest could be Florida. Ilha yssabella. This area of the plansphere shows Africa and the Indian Ocean as known to the Portuguese after the voyages of Vasco da Gama (1497-99) and Cabral (1500-01) and later discoveries reported in Lisbon as recently as September 1502. first as the island but also as the incompletely explored area to the northwest. here called. did much to illuminate the New World for Europeans. Comparisons with the more Ptolemaic outlines of the Martellus map (Slide #256) shows a striking improvement in the delineation of Africa and India. Although yssabella strongly resembles Cuba. Again. as in all that class of maps. signed by Spain and Portugal in June 1494. no one knows from whom this information came. This area.· Area B represents its peninsula. there are several theories to the contrary. There is no reference to the arrival on the north part of the coast in 1499 of Vicente Pinzon. Spain was given the portion west of this line in the Atlantic and Portugal the east. with Sri Lanka/Ceylon . Consequently. beautiful parrots and trees and announcements of the landing in April 1500 by the Portuguese. with one of the names which serve to identify the relative positions in Lusitano-Germanic maps and globes. Portuguese flages on the east coast of Africa denote the ports touched at by da Gama and Cabral. There is speculation that an early Amerigo Vespucci voyage may have been the source. and the map of Juan de la Cosa (Slide #308) . the peninsular form of India is now suggested. or that an unknown Portuguese pilot could have unofficially sailed through Spanish waters before 1500 and coasted Florida. not northeast. Georgia is almost a degree west of Miami) support the belief that the landmass represents the southeast part of the American continent. These delineations. The chart is clearly the work of a Portuguese cartographer. Pedro Alvares Cabral. and the island of Madagascar is inserted but not named. as Florida was not formally discovered until 1513. perhaps is the greatest unsolved cartographic puzzle of the period. · Area C is the west end of the island of Cuba. and that Cantino's chart was the prototype for the important maps of the Lusitano-Germanic series. Lawrence Wroth and other historians of New World discoveries believe that both Cuba and Florida were depicted. such as the Waldsemüller wall map (Slide #312). and half a dozen Italianized names written in. The African continent is shown for the first time with something closely approaching its correct outline: on the east coast the names of Soffala. The Brazilian coast is decorated with Portuguese flags. crosses further south mark padrões set up by earlier expeditions. Kilwa. although Spain claimed most of America. This. Mozambique. the general peninsula-like shape of the landmass at the southern extremity of most of the maps of this type or group and the general northerly direction of the Atlantic coast (the Florida coast actually trends northwest. which is incomplete and partially off the map. A meridian was drawn some 960 nautical miles west of the Cape Verde Islands that divided the entire world in two for the purpose of European overseas expansion. At the extreme left is the fort of São Jorge da Mina on the African Gold Coast. South Africa no longer curves to the east.

Recognizable names are Bar Singapur [Singapore] and China cochin. a figure very close to the truth. and the great reduction in the longitudinal extent of the continent. The southeastern coastline of Asia is shown as Iying approximately 160° east of the line of demarcation. The Indian sub-continent is drawn as a sharply tapering triangle. far from neighboring on Cipangu and the Asian mainland. These appear to mark the limit of first-hand knowledge. The so-called King-Hamy chart. it was to their interest to reduce the longitudinal extent of Asia in order to bring the coveted islands within their sphere. Madagascar. The main feature to be noted with regard to Asia is the almost complete abandonment of Ptolemy's conception of the southern coasts. . Two scales of degrees are given. when the question of sovereignty over the Moluccas arose. (e. That this was obtained from native seamen is probable from the circumstance that the term pulgada is used in place of a degree. mostly unidentifiable. Calecut ) and legends detailing the wealth of these parts. East of India is a large gulf and then a southward-stretching peninsula. also dated 1502. demonstrates clearly that Portuguese cosmographers had entirely abandoned the Alexandrian's figures. The places whose latitudes are given thus are inserted only approximately in their correct positions.reduced to more true proportions and relative position. where Malacha and Cattigara appear together. but the point of importance is that the longitudinal extent eastwards from the demarcation line to the southeast Asian coast is still approximately 220 to 230 degrees. Cambaya. For the Portuguese. The eastern coast of Asia runs away to the northeast. a relic of the coasts which Ptolemy believed to enclose the Indian Ocean.. is interesting as showing the Ptolemaic conceptions of Asia in the process of being fitted to the new discoveries in the west. and were already aware that the Spanish discoveries in the west. beyond. The chart might even be said to predict the existence of the Pacific Ocean. it equalled about 1° 42' 50". the outline must have been inserted largely by second-hand report. is shown for the first time. Near its extremity occurs the name Malaqua and off it the large island of Taporbana [Sumatra]. theoretical and practical considerations happily coincided in this instance. which were drawn from accounts of Vasco da Gama's voyage. The fact that the cartographer has a legend on the discoveries in the northeast American shores stating that they were thought to be part of Asia does not controvert this. almost featureless but with a number of names. on the coast and indications of shoals off shore. on the western coast of which are names. This chart has many features of the Ptolemy world map in southeast Asia. The Cantino chart. discovered by Western Europe in 1500. therefore. were separated from them by an interval of almost half the circumference of the globe.g.