The Legend Of The
Piri Reis Map
From Erol Erkmen email@example.com
accurate maps were circulating around Europe at the time of Columbus"
- Let us take a
trip into some periods of the past. The first stop on this trip will be
Turkey thirty years ago. The first quarter of the present century shows
Turkey at the end of the War of Independence, and the Republic
established by Kemal Ataturk (1923). The Turkish Republic, now thirty
years old, was founded on the remains of another Turkish state, the
Ottoman Empire (1299-1923).
- For the second
stop let us take the year 1929. Let us go into the Palace of Topkapi of
the Ottoman Sultans, situated on one of the most beautiful spots of
Istanbul called Sarayburnu. The palace, which consists of various
buildings, each surrounded by vast gardens, testifies to the different
characteristics of the Ottoman period. The Turkish Republican Government
decided to turn this palace into a museum.
- Discovery of
the map of America
- In the process
of classifying the numerous articles in the buildings, Mr. Halil Edhem,
Director of the National Museums, discovered a map* (9 Nov.1929) till
then unknown in the world of science. Upon hearing of this discovery of
the oldest map of America Ataturk showed great interest in the matter.
He asked for the map to be brought to Ankara, studied it and ordered it
to be published as it stood and to be submitted to scholarly research.
- To study this
map for the first time with Ataturk was an immense thrill. It had been
drawn hundreds of years ago on a roe-skin, with various coloured
illustrations and writings on it. As I held it in my hands, I felt as if
I were living in the long forgotten past. My emotions are twenty-four
years old now, but let us, with the same national and scholarly pride,
take a glimpse into the period when this map was drawn and into the
history of the man who had drawn it.
- This is one of
the oldest and yet most perfect maps of America, drawn by a Turkish
admiral. Now, if you do not mind being centuries old for a few minutes,
come with me to the XVI th century. In this third stop our journey
suddenly covers a vast ground.
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