Ricci 1600's world map in Chinese
|Here's the link going the rounds...|
> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_chinese_map_debut <
I found even more background info at Wikipedia listing
add anything' status.)
I'm surprised on one hand that Ricci, a European Catholic
missionary, drawing a map in Chinese language,
knew all the continents placements so well at that early
date. Since he had that good a grasp, i'm suprised he did NOT have a better impression of what was going on in N.America re> Hudson Bay being different from the Great Lakes system. On the Ricci map, he shows a speculative passage from the St. Lawrence seaway all the way north to the Arctic Ocean.
My question to the groups would be to ask whether anyone knows if it was the Portugese... or the Chinese, he got the Pacific Coast of N.Am from....??