Slideshow: How the World Map Has Changed
From the first civilizations in Mesopotamia, to the European Age of Sail, our understanding of the planet and its inhabitants has undergone incredible growth.
This 1470 Japanese map is one of the oldest surviving from East Asia. An older copy was found in Korea, which was in turn based on a Chinese version. Info about Europe and Africa came with Islamic travelers, who crossed Asia’s Mongol Empire in the 1300s. Image: Honkoo-ji Tokiwa Museum of Historical Materials, via Wikimedia Commons.