TITLE: The Catalan Atlas. DATE: AUTHOR: Abraham Cresques. DESCRIPTION: This ‘atlas’ was the work of a family of Catalonian Jewish chart. This page contains the translations into English the legends of the Catalan Atlas ( ) as they appear in the different panels of this work attributed to Cresques. En pocas ocasiones un Mapamundi anónimo y sin fecha se ha podido documentar tan ampliamente como el Atlas Catalán que guarda la Biblioteca Nacional.

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Several sovereigns are portrayed in this section, including the famous king of Mali, “Musse Melly” Mansa Musawho holds a sceptre ornamented with a fleur-de-lys and a golden disc. However, due to the inevitable need to differentiate between territories, iconography is employed to delineate between various political domains. The emphasis on trade routes, especially in the non-European world, in North Africa and the East, highlights the fact that the Aragonese were largely preoccupied with trade, the acquisition of wealth, and the location of resources such as gold.

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Although the governors of the Aragonese territories in the Mediterranean were, in theory, subordinate to the king in Barcelona, in reality they ruled their islands as independent principalities. In other jurisdictions, re-use of this content may be restricted; see Reuse of PD-Art photographs for details. Public domain Public domain false false This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus years or less.

Gold dust or nuggets were melted in moulds such as this to produce talas, which were worked into coins. For an alternate view, see David Nirenberg, Communities of Violence: The Hajj was key to this transfer of knowledge.


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You are commenting using your WordPress. There have been a number of works in recent years that have highlighted the close diplomatic relations and cultural exchange between England and Morocco during…. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus years or less. The following 69 pages uses this file: For more on political decline in the Crown of Aragon in the 14 th century, see Joseph M. Imatges de qualitat Commons: Brian Harley, perhaps the most influential theorist in the field of the history of cartography, argues in favor of the latter.

Caatlan, the fact that the cartographer, Abraham Cresques, a Jewish Majorcan, was especially commissioned to draw the map by the king of Aragon, Pedro IV, highlights the important role of minorities within the Crown of Aragon and also the prominence of the Majorcan catlan of cartography in the western Mediterranean.

Partially in response to this event, a catwlan crusading organization, known as the Catalan Company or Almogavares, journeyed to the eastern Mediterranean. Timbuktu was an important centre of learning in medieval times. In this sense, it can be said that maps, especially those from early modern Catalaan, reflect imperial preoccupations but not always clearly.

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Email required Address never made public. Map of eastern Europe, view from the south. The work of art itself is atlaa the public domain for the following reason: Most probably produced in the date that appears on the perpetual calendar shown here. Indeed, the mercantilist nature of the Crown of Aragon is made clear by the Catalan Atlas ofas are the strategic calculations of the Catalans.

Description Europe Mediterranean Catalan Atlas. Map of northeastern Africa and southwestern Levant, view from the south.

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Secondary Literature Abulafia, D.

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However, it is particularly because of its allure and simplicity that cartographic evidence must be used with caution. Mapping Time and Space: Using crusading ideology as a legitimating tool, the Crown of Aragon effectively controlled the Balearic Islands, Sicily, Sardinia, and parts of Greece and Asia Minor by Salrach, La Corona de Aragon: Wavy blue vertical lines are used to symbolize oceans.

This work is in the public domain cztalan its atlad of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus years or less. Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveler and the most famous Westerner to have traveled on the Silk Road. They derived their strength largely from hired mercenaries, including many Muslims and Jews, and their mobile form of warfare.

Harvey, Medieval Maps Toronto,7. This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. It may also be an attempt to depict the most stable, prosperous region of the Crown of Aragon as representative of the imperial ambitions of the Aragonese in atlass Mediterranean and to divert attention from their failures in Sardinia and the eastern Mediterranean.

In this regard, the point of departure for the discussion of cqtalan Catalan Atlas should be the thematic question: This page was last edited on 14 Mayat In other projects Wikimedia Commons.