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1569 Mercator Map Coffee Mug

1569 Mercator Map Coffee Mug

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This beautiful ceramic mug features the 1569 Gerardus Mercator map of the world, so since Saint Augustine was founded in 1565 this is pretty much the perception of the world at that time. And although the shape of peninsular La Florida is a bit off, it's pretty amazing how accurate most of the map is, just 75 years after Columbus left Spain in search of a better path to India!

The mug is made from high-quality, dishwasher-safe, ceramic with a black rim and interior that has a metallic appearance that we really like. We tried a cheaper mug with plain black and stuck with this one.

The actual map is much larger; this is the portion focused on the Atlantic, including western Europe and the Americas. The Flemish cartographer is considered the father of cartography (map-making), introducing his famous "Mercator projection" which is essentially a cylindrical map laid flat into two dimensions with equidistant lines of latitude and of longitude. Since it was primarily for navigation the fact that 2 dimensions would distort the shapes of land masses was of secondary importance, although toward the poles the distortion is quite extreme (luckily nobody was navigating ships near either pole).

The official name of the map (in Latin) is Nova et Aucta Orbis Terrae Descriptio ad Usum Navigantium Emendate Accommodata, which means "New and More Complete Representation of the Terrestrial Globe Properly Adapted for Use in Navigation."

Here's a link to an image of the entire map

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