Johann Christoph Homann’s 1730 Map of Asia

The map you see above is a 1730 maps of Asia produced by the German cartographer Johann Christoph Homann, scion of the famous early 18th century cartographer Johann Baptist Homann (click on the map to expand to its full size of 4000 x 3492). Its full title? The rather convoluted Recentissima Asiae Delineatio: Qua Imperia,…

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Why the Nile is the World’s Longest River (And Why It Isn’t)

The Amazon is the world largest river; of that there is no doubt.  One-fifth of the world’s entire freshwater flow is contained within the Amazon Basin.  By most accounts, however, it is not the longest.  That honour belongs to the Nile, at a generally accepted length of 6 650 km (4 152 mi) as compared…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part V: Africa)

This is part five of our seven-part Same Name, Other Side of the Border series. Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo/Republic of the Congo) The multitude of places named Congo or Kongo take their name from the kingdom of Kongo, an empire in west-central Africa that existed from approximately 1390 in what is now the…

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