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Without reliable information, many mapmakers added creative embellishments and fictive geographical features to fill in the large stretches of unknown territory. In this online exhibit, you can explore the variety of ways in which animals helped early mapmakers understand the expanding world of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries

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