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Title Map of the Indian Ocean, ff. 15v-16
Reference Add 5415A
Library The British Library
Date 1558
Author(s) Homem, Diego
Description This is a large chart on vellum, drawn on a plane scale, by Diego Homem in 1558; very highly finished and ornamented in gold and colour, with the arms of the respective sovereigns emblazoned on the various countries. The outlines of some of the coasts are laid down in gold. It was probably executed for Philip II during the lifetime of Mary, and is known as the 'Queen Mary Atlas'. The map shows the eastern coast of Africa, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the coast of India to Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
Document Type Map
Primary Commodity Spices
Theme Exploration and Discovery; Art and Literature; Politics and Empire
Keywords shipping, commerce, cargo, empire, importation, exportation, navigation
Region Africa, South Asia, Middle East
Places South Africa; Mozambique; Tanzania; Kenya; Somalia; Yemen; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Ethiopia; Zimbabwe; Uganda; Eritrea; Iran; Pakistan; India; Sri Lanka
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