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Chart of Mediterranean and north east Atlantic
This is a 'Portulan' or 'Portolan' chart. These charts originated in the Mediterranean in the thirteenth century and take their name from the written sailing directions, 'portolani', which they supplemented and superseded. They were drawn and painted on vellum, using a network of intersecting rhumb (direction) lines radiating out from compass roses. Characteristic features include place names tightly packed onto the coast, together with flags and banners and vignettes of cities.
Original size: 670 mm x 900 mm
- Image reference: K0995
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London