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1424 Nautical Chart

The Island Debate Revisited

1424 Nautical Chart Islands


The name "Antilia," appears on a map for the first time that we know of in the 1424 Nautical Chart;

the names "Saya," "Santanzes," and "Ymana" also are shown for the first time (Cortesão 1954, pp. 1, 63, 105).

Could the islands shown to the west on this portolan chart have been a destination for voyages? The question has been the source of much scholarly debate.


Under the magnifying glass: