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The Legend Of The Piri Reis Map

From: Erol Erkmen <andromeda@mail.koc.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 18:56:00 +0300
Fwd Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 18:26:54 -0400
Subject: The Legend Of The Piri Reis Map

"Strangely accurate maps were circulating around Europe at the
time of Columbus"

Let us take a trip into some periods of the past. The first stop
on this trip will be Turkey thirty years ago. The first quarter
of the present century shows Turkey at the end of the War of
Independence, and the Republic established by Kemal Ataturk
(1923). The Turkish Republic, now thirty years old, was founded
on the remains of another Turkish state, the Ottoman Empire

For the second stop let us take the year 1929. Let us go into
the Palace of Topkapi of the Ottoman Sultans, situated on one of
the most beautiful spots of Istanbul called Sarayburnu. The
palace, which consists of various buildings, each surrounded by
vast gardens, testifies to the different characteristics of the
Ottoman period. The Turkish Republican Government decided to
turn this palace into a museum.

Discovery of the map of America

In the process of classifying the numerous articles in the
buildings, Mr. Halil Edhem, Director of the National Museums,
discovered a map* (9 Nov.1929) till then unknown in the world of
science. Upon hearing of this discovery of the oldest map of
America Ataturk showed great interest in the matter. He asked
for the map to be brought to Ankara, studied it and ordered it
to be published as it stood and to be submitted to scholarly

To study this map for the first time with Ataturk was an immense
thrill. It had been drawn hundreds of years ago on a roe-skin,
with various coloured illustrations and writings on it. As I
held it in my hands, I felt as if I were living in the long
forgotten past. My emotions are twcnty-four years old now, but
let us, with the same national and scholarly pride, take a
glimpse into the period when this map was drawn and into the
history of the man who had drawn it.

This is one of the oldest and yet most perfect maps of America,
drawn by a Turkish admiral. Now, if you do not mind being
centuries old for a few minutes, come with mc to the XVI th
century. In this third stop our journey suddenly covers a vast

The Legend of the Piri Reis Map


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