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Joseph Da Costa E Mirandas World Map, 1706

Jose da Costa Miranda


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Miranda's name may be also listed as "Da Costa E Miranda", "Costa e Miranda, Joseph da" (R.V. Tooley), and "Miranda, Jose da Costa" (Armando Cortesao). Dedicated to the pilot Francisco Pereira. The large land mass "Terra de Iesso Ieco" (now Hokkaido) originated with Maarten Vries in 1643. [According to him, 'Landt van Eso' to the north of Kyushu was separated by Staten Eylant (Kunashir) and De Vries' Strait from 'Compagnies Land' (Iturup)]. Iesso or Terra Esonis continued to be shown on French, Dutch, Spanish and Italian maps from 1660 to well after 1700 before becoming part of Alaska. Nova Guinea, Nova Olanda, Carpentaria, and Terra de Vanderlins ou Diemene shown twice in this Plate Carree simple cylindrical projection inconsistent in all forms of distortion: feature shape, absolute distance, area, and non-cardinal direction for navigation. The rhumb lines and wind roses shown could be useful only if drawn on the Mercator projection. The scale is true along all the meridians and the equator. Richly decorated showing saints, Atlas, ships, views, cartouches, flags, and heraldic devices.

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