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Guide to Patagonia's Monsters & Mysterious beings

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Monday, December 21, 2009

First Map of Patagonia

 

Pigafetta map

First map of the Strait of Magellan & Patagonia. Pigafetta (1520). From [1]


Pigafetta, Magellan's chronicler besides writing about the first encounter between the Giant Patagons and the Spanish fleet, also drew the first map of the Strait of Magellan, and of Patagonia.

It is quite unique because unlike modern map conventions, in this map, south is at the top of the map and north at the bottom.

Well known places figure on the map (from top to bottom) Patagonian Strait (now Strait of Magellan), Virgenes Cape, Port San Julián, Regioni Patagonia or Patagonia Region and Solís River (now River Plate).

Bibliography.

Pigafetta, A., Primo viaggio intorno al globo terracqueo ; ossia, Ragguaglio della navigazione alle Indie Orientali per la via d'Occidente / fatta dal cavaliere Antonio Pigafetta ; corredato di note da Carlo Amoretti. Milano : Stamperia di Giuseppe Galeazzi, [1800]. lii, pp. 36.



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