Fragile Horizons

There’s a lot of Earth-friendly messages flying around today. This blog posting from champagnewhiskey has a smart spin on our current situation using a surprising historical perspective and some wonderful visuals. Worth the quick read.


Source: The Portolan Source: The Portolan

Created in the first decade of the 1500s, the globe above is made of the bottom halves of two ostrich eggs, and was engraved by someone who was either influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, or worked directly in the workshop of the Renaissance genius. The globe  is the earliest known attempt to depict the Americas, Japan, Brazil and Arabia. It was based on the most cutting-edge knowledge of its time, information gathered from the explorers of the era.

According to The Portolan, the map journal that published a paper on the globe in late 2013, “The globe contains ships of different types, monsters, intertwining waves, a shipwrecked sailor, and  71 place names, and one sentence , “HIC SVNT DRACONES” (Here are the Dragons).

Dragon, Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) Source: Spamula Dragon, Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)
Source: Spamula

Only 7 of the names are in the Western Hemisphere. No names are shown for…

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