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2021The Discovery Of Antarctica - Set

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  • 16.06.2021
  • Pedro Ferreira
  • bpost Philately & Stamps Printing
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  • 40 x 30,6 mm
About The Discovery Of Antarctica

Hypothesized by Aristotle (384-322 BC), the discovery of Terra Australis Incognita was first mooted by Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), when his ships made the maiden voyage between the Atlantic and the Pacific in 1520. In his judgement, the so-called Tierra del Fuego, the southern limit of the Strait of Magellan, with its forests and snow-capped mountains, was proof of its existence. Dubbed Terra Australis recenter inventa sed nondum plene cognita (the southern land newly discovered but not yet fully known), the outlines of this presumed new continent henceforth became a permanent feature on maps, updated whenever new lands and islands were found, as if in anticipation of the imminent discovery that had long been foreseen.

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