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Portolan Charts

1424 Nautical Chart

Place Names

How were portolans used? Image 1

Place-names along the northern coast of Spain and Portugal. Can you spot "bilbao" and "porto portogalo"?


Place-names in the area of Gibraltar. Can you can find "Malicha"?

There are 507 European and African place names on the coasts of this portolan chart, some of them familiar, others not.

More place-name details can be viewed in the "Under the Magnifying Glass" section below.

Under the magnifying glass: