Actual European Contributions to Geographical Knowledge

Another excellent map from Radical Cartography‘s Bill Rankin, the graphic below brings attention to the misconception that European explorers were primarily responsible for discovery of the “New World.”

The take-away isn’t just that humans had already spread around the world by the time that Europeans started looking for new trade routes and tropical riches. There’s also an important lesson about the ability for non-Europeans to navigate vast distances and reach most of the world’s islands first.

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Map via Radical Cartography

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