THE PIRI REIS MAP
English translation by Roberto Patriarca, with valuable help of James Gill (alias Albion of Avalon)
|[It should be noted that versions of ALL of these monstrous races continue on|
as the stories of the Mapinguais of South America-DD]
In the same maps we can often see other mythical places like the "Reign of Priest John", the island of
Piri Reis himself states, in a note, that he consulted the charts of Cristopher Columbus. The peculiar (and wrong) configuration of the Caribbean area in his map seem to confirm that statement. That region of the American continent is indeed improperly represented: it features a large island arranged north-south, which cannot easily be identified with Cuba, not even by rotating the whole map counterclockwise by 90 degrees.
Japan (Cipango) in the Martin Behaim globe (1492) and in its graphic reproduction, compared with the Caribbean area on Piri Reis map.
The only part of the map that Piri Reis probably copied from a quite accurate source is the coast of current Brazil. But if we overlap the two coast lines, we can easily realize that correspondence is only apparent.
South America in the Circolus Antarticus cart by Pedro Reinel, 1522 (Istambul, Topkapi Museum Library)
Waldseemuller cart of 1507, with an enlargement of South America explored by Amerigo Vespucci as far as 50° parallel
Another enlargement from the Waldseemuller map of 1507
Mercator, World Map, 1569 (part.)
The map drawn by Jan Jansson after Lemaire circumnavigation of the Tierra del Fuego. To the right a detail of the mouth of the Strait of Magellan, compared to a detail of Piri Reis map.
Although there is a mistake in showing it so far south, the picture does show a known animal that is large and impressive enough to be thought of as symbolising South America: the Anaconda
The more important problem is that the Atlas Miller shows the land area of Indonesia (Sundaland in the Pleistocene) continues down and around until it joins with South America, and this might be the idea that the Piri Reis map actually meant to convey.
Which is as much as to say "Antarctica and South America are parts of Lemuria". Since this might be meaningful (and probably has a bearing on why the MASKs were even showing Antarctica in the first place), this series of articles shall next head off in that direction.
Best Wishes, Dale D.