A recently discovered globe from the early 1500s carved onto ostrich eggs may be the oldest globe of the new world ever identified experts say. This map dates back to the 5 th century bce.
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Juan de la cosa was a veteran navigator and the captain owner of the santa maría one of the three ships that sailed with christopher columbus in 1492.
Oldest map of the new world. This map was formed out of a clay tablet and was found north of the ancient city of babylon on the fertile east bank of the euphrates river. This map found in southern iraq in a city called sippar shows a small bit of the known world as the babylonians knew it centuries ago. The oldest surviving map that unambiguously shows locations in the new world is a chart drawn by juan de la cosa spain in 1500.
The oldest known world map is the babylonian map of the world known as the imago mundi. The cantino planisphere or cantino world map is the earliest surviving map showing portuguese discoveries in the east and west. The map shows the islands of the caribbean and the northern coast of south america in some detail but otherwise offers only a vague conjectured outline of the americas that extends to the left hand margin of the.
It is named after alberto cantino an agent for the duke of ferrara who successfully smuggled it from portugal to italy in 1502. The map is circular and features two outer defined circles. The babylonian map of the world is considered the oldest world map as the map depicted the known world at the time.
The areas on the map are labeled and the clay tablet also contains a short and partially lost description written in cuneiform.
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