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|Place Names:||Congo Ethiopia|
|Year of Origin:||1663|
|Title:||Aethiopia Svperior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorvm sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperivm|
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Joannes (Johan Jan) Jansson - Janssonium
|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|