“Marin Independent Journal”

The Land of Imagination

Reporter Leslie Harlib: “Early maps were as much about fantasy as they were practical tools for navigation.  They are, to be sure, stunningly illustrated charts of land masses and sea currents, as accurate as the hand-held compasses and astrolabes of the time could make them.  But they also portray sea monsters, galleons under full sail, native peoples, exotic flora and fauna, even the heads of gods to blow fair winds to speed navigators on their way.”

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