Terra Australis, 1607

Speculation of a southern continent was so widespread that it led to Bishop Joseph Hall of Norwich to write a satirical book about the existence of this as yet undiscovered continent. Of course, it was only a century earlier that America was discovered so the concept of an entire continent still yet to be discovered was not entirely unbelievable. Hall's book from which this map is taken was called Mvndvs alter et idem siue Terra Australis ante hac semper incognita longis itineribus peregrini academici nuperrime lustrata.

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