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How did medieval Europeans have such specific geographic knowledge of North America, a land even their most daring adventurers had not yet discovered? In Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus, James Robert Enterline presents new evidence that traces this knowledge to the cartographic skills of indigenous people of the high Arctic, who, he contends, provided the basis for medieval maps of large parts of North America. Drawing on an exhaustive chronological survey of pre-Columbian maps, including the controversial Yale Vinland Map, this book boldly challenges conventional accounts of Europe's discovery of the New World.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801878954
ISBN-10: 0801878950
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 23-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James Robert Enterline

James Robert Enterline is a mathematician and computer consultant who is well known for his work in the history of cartography. He is the author of Viking America.