Black People : The Largest Early World Map is Unveiled For the First Time

Clyde C Coger Jr

going above and beyond
Nov 17, 2006
In the Spirit of Sankofa,

The Largest Early World Map is Unveiled For the First Time
Urbano Monte’s planisphere was centuries ahead of its time

Ahmed Kabil
Writer and multimedia storyteller. Editor, @LongNow. Contributor, @Timeline_Now

... The encounter with the Japanese embassy inspired Monte to undertake an ambitious project that would consume his efforts for the next twenty years: the Trattato Universale, a four-volume compendium and geographical treatise that attempted to showcase the entire geographic knowledge of the world.

Urbano Monte’s planisphere, digitally stitched together. Source: Rumsey Map Center

Detail of Tavola XIIII and Tavola XV Joined (Central Africa)

Detail of Tavola XXXXII (Antarctica, Urbano Monte Portraits of 1587 and 1589).

Tavola XI (Eastern United States, Florida, Cuba)

Monte’s Planisphere Georeferenced and Re-projected in Plate Caree or Geographic

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