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The Conquerors
Early on in his new book The Conquerors, How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire, historian Richard Crowley describes a gorgeous work of cartography, housed in Lisbon’s Castle of St. George, depicting the topography of the known world from the perspective of fifteenth-century Europeans. The ten-foot map—commissioned by King Afonso and produced by Venetian cartographer Fra Mauro—is described by Crowley as “microscopically detailed and brilliant with gold leaf, wavy seas of vivid blue and the images of castellated cities.