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The World as a Cloverleaf

In 1581, In Heinrich Bunting drew this symbolic map of the world as a cloverleaf, with Jerusalem the central point:

Heinrich Bunting (1545-1606) knew the world didn’t really look like this. There are enough maps in his works (such as Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae) to indicate he knew the continents had an irregular, and not a symbolic shape.

Yet he delighted in drawing other symbolic maps, examples of which can be anthropomorphic (Europe as a virgin) or hippomorphic (Asia as a winged horse). This particular map is a tribute to Buntings hometown Hanover, as the text above the map indicates: Die ganze Welt in einem Kleberblatt welches ist der Stadt Hannover meines lieben Vaterlandes Wapen (‘The Whole World in a Cloverleaf, Which Is The Coat of Arms of Hannover, My Dear Fatherland’).

The map shows a world divided into three parts (Europe, Asia and Africa), connected at a single central point: Jerusalem. This is essentially still the same symbolic map of the world as the one first devised by Saint Isidore in the seventh century. Isidore’s ’T and O’-shaped map, itself inspired by Scripture, influenced Christian European mapmaking up until the age of discovery.

Link - By the way, Strange Map is an excellent blog about everything related to maps!

Or maybe, this is a map of attack from the new Cloverfield movie! Yeah, that's it...


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I like Nikolas's version better. Probably because it does not have Jerusalem in the center. Jerusalem is way too hot in the summer.
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I made a mashup of this map last month.

I substituted San Francisco for Europe, Saint Louis for Africa, and New York City for Asia, and finally I replaced Jerusalem with my house in Washington, DC.

The title is "America as a Cloverleaf" and it can be viewed here .
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