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Two hundred years before Captain Cook, Dieppe map makers placed the Portuguese flag on a large land-mass called Java-la-Grande approximately where Australia appears on today’s atlas. Helen Wallis sifts through the cartographic evidence to examine the intriguing question. Jave La Grande’s east coast: from Nicholas Vallard’s atlas, 1547. This is part of an 1856 copy… Read More