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surviving fragment of Piri Reis map
PIRI REIS 16TH CENTURY MAP
The Piri Reis map is a naval world map compiled in 1513 for the Ottoman Empire, showing Muslim lands and the coasts of Europe and North Africa and part of the eastern coast of South America. It copied from ten Arab maps, a map of Columbus, and 4 maps from India acquired from Portugal. A false claim has been made in modern times that it proves Antarctica had been explored. Another false claim is that Piri Reis discovered continental drift by noticing that the shapes of the coasts of South America and Africa match.
Muslim websites claim that this map was far superior to any other maps of that era.
An article at en.wikipedia rejects this claim, stating “The Piri Reis map is not the most accurate map of the sixteenth century, as has been claimed”.
Image by Piri Reis via Wikimedia Commons.