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October 22, 2003
In 1622 California was an Island
As explorers mapped our planet from 1500-2000, there was a period of several hundred years when the maps that detailed our geographic understanding of the Earth's landscape were wrong.
Take the case of California. Around the year 1500, California made its appearance as a fictional island. In 1622, California was confirmed to be an island. It stayed that way on most maps across all cultures for at least another 100 years. (Here is another map.)
The realization that California is not an island provides a glimpse of how our history has unfolded and our future will be shaped. Thanks Glen.
| Category: Economic Geography
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