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Planisphere by Domingos Teixeira - 1573

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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  00:03:49  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

This nautical planisphere was made in 1573 by Domingos Teixeira, a member of a prominent lineage of Portuguese cartographers. It represents the extent of European knowledge after a century and a half of exploratory voyages. Only Oceania and the confines of Asia and America remained unknown. This portolan bore a strong geopolitical significance because it depicts the meridian and anti-meridian defined by the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494 which drew a demarcation line between the areas of influence of the two main Western colonial powers of the time, Spain and Portugal.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number GE SH ARCH-3
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Author : HOFMANN Catherine (Conservatrice en chef au département des Cartes et plans de la BnF)
Director : FERLITA Céline (CLT, UPS CNRS, Villejuif)
Scientific referent : HOFMANN CatherineFERLITA Céline
Audiovisual processUtilisation d'animations et de cartes géographiques.
Commentaire en voix-off. Sons d'ambiance et musique.
NotesCarte conservée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Cartes et plans, cote GE SH ARCH-3

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BnF : Bibliothèque nationale de France
LAMOP : Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (INSHS)


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Geography ; History


Human geography ; History


Colonialisation ; Document


Europe ; Asia ; America ; Africa

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Item No.6878
PublicLarge audience
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