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Number: 103
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Congo Ethiopia
Year of Origin: 1663
Title: Aethiopia Svperior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorvm sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperivm
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Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Amsterdam
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Cartographer: Joannes (Johan Jan) Jansson - Janssonium
Henricus Hondius
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Notes: coss; earliest state c1636; in east Africa, marking the Kingdom of Prester John, a mythical Christian king supposedly descended from David and regarded as an important defence against the barbarians. Originally believing him to be somewhere in the Middle East Pope Alexander III sent John a letter to beg help against the Mongols (1177), but his messenger never returned. As Polo and other travellers opened the East without finding him, Prester John's kingdom retreated into the unknown. Although Waldseemüller's maps of 1507 places him in India, Fries moved him to Africa in 1522. KOEMAN
Last updated: May 3, 2008