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Meanwhile, the French, English, and Americans were pushing the limits of the ocean's southern bounds, Antarctica having been discovered. Chapter 3 The Pacific Evolves after Magellan Spanish cosmographers such as Diego Ribero quickly drew upon Magellan's Pacific crossing, constructing charts based on the reports of the expedition's survivors for the exclusive eyes of their pilots and officialdom. Magellan's log and the charts compiled during the course of the voyage were tapped instead by Portuguese authorities, who had confiscated them from the Victoria and the Trinidad in the Moluccas.

The Pacific was "mapped" conceptually by Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius, a geographer, astronomer, and philosopher who flourished ca. AD 399-423, and whose ideas in turn were borrowed from Crates of Mallos, who lived in Asia Minor (Turkey) in the mid-second century BC (Fig. 71). Macrobius envisioned a spherical earth divided into four roughly equal quadrants, each with a continent. Europe, Asia, and Africa (which was envisioned as lying entirely north of the equator) comprised one of these continents.

A. Zorzi /B. Columbus, 1506-22. Because of its latitude, Cattigara (lower left) would soon be transplanted from Southeast Asia to Peru {Mondo Novo). 32 Early Mapping of the Pacific Fig. 28. Waldseemiiller, 1507. One of the greatest achievements in Renaissance mapmaking, this map was the first to depict the New World as an autonomous landmass of continental proportions, and thus the first to separate the sea between Asia and Europe into two distinct oceans. The profusion of islands in the Pacific, including Japan in the upper right, were inherited from late fifteenth-century models.

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