Okay, history buffs. We've got a challenge for you: Learn as much as you possibly can from the 700 odd maps just uploaded to the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab. Your brain will thank you later.
The world map of the Spanish cartographer, conquistador and explorer Juan de la Cosa created in 1500 is the earliest world map showing part of the Americas. Juan de la Cosa sailed the first 3 voyages with Columbus and was the captain of the Santa María.
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David Rumsey scanned and uploaded maps and cartographic artifacts from his magnificent collection in They included this comparative view of the world's rivers originally published in London in 1817 (see a zoomable version on Rumsey's website).