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A map of Africa by Sebastian Munster circa 1554. 
Among the oddities of this map;
Modern day Somalia is labeled as “The Kingdom of Ceylon” (Sri Lanka).
A part of Libya is in West Africa.
Ethiopia is located in Central Africa.
There is a dense forest shown in the Sahara Desert.
The fabled city of Hamarich, capital city of the Kingdom of Prester John is located in Sudan or Darfur.  According to Christian European legend, Prester John was the king or emperor of a mighty Christian realm located either in Africa or Asia.  The belief in Prester John’s kingdom persisted up to the 17th century, when it was proven to have never existed.  
A cyclops is clearly shown sitting on the border between modern day Nigeria and Cameroon.  Appearently Europeans believed a tribe of one eyed people called the “Moniculi” live there.

A map of Africa by Sebastian Munster circa 1554. 

Among the oddities of this map;

  • Modern day Somalia is labeled as “The Kingdom of Ceylon” (Sri Lanka).
  • A part of Libya is in West Africa.
  • Ethiopia is located in Central Africa.
  • There is a dense forest shown in the Sahara Desert.
  • The fabled city of Hamarich, capital city of the Kingdom of Prester John is located in Sudan or Darfur.  According to Christian European legend, Prester John was the king or emperor of a mighty Christian realm located either in Africa or Asia.  The belief in Prester John’s kingdom persisted up to the 17th century, when it was proven to have never existed.  
  • A cyclops is clearly shown sitting on the border between modern day Nigeria and Cameroon.  Appearently Europeans believed a tribe of one eyed people called the “Moniculi” live there.
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