Ocean currents map from 1685


This map shows what mariners thought the ocean currents did in 1685 – and I’d guess it’s part observation and part guesswork. Still, it’s a remarkable piece of work that contains some interesting details.

There’s no sign of Australia (obviously, since the place wasn’t discovered by Europeans until 1770, depending on your point of view), so it’s pretty clear that the outline of Antartica isn’t much more than speculation.


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