Portugal in 31 historical maps


Item: e-Atlas
Edition: 2.0, 2019
Language: English
Pages: 106
Format: PDF
File size: 18 Mb 
Author: T-O-Maps


On ancient maps the Latin name Iberia was used to identify the Spanish peninsula (Spain and Portugal). It is derived from the Greek word  Iberes, meaning "the Celtic people of Spain". But it may also refer to the river Ebro in Spain. Most likely the name Portugal  means "beautiful port". The first part refers to the Latin word Portus. The second part may be derived from the Greek word kallis. Spain and Portugal were already described by Ptolemy in his Geographia (150AD). The accompanying maps were worked out again by European cartographers at the end of the 15th  century.  The coastline was drawn in more detail on 14th  century Portolan charts (nautical maps). The first separately printed map of Portugal appeared in the 16th  century (about 1560). 



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