Station 9, description

Only one copy of the oldest printed map of Poland is still extant. It is held by the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. The map was printed in Antwerp in 1562. It only shows Poland’s core territory and the area immediately south of it. Western Prussia and the Baltic coast are not depicted, even though the region around the mouth of the River Vistula had, at that time, long been a part of the Kingdom of Poland. In the upper part of the map, the neighbouring regions of Pomerania, Prussia and Lithuania are named. In the South, Silesia and Moravia are only identified as belonging to Poland by subsequent colouring, while Mazovia and Warsaw remain uncoloured. The reasons for this are unknown

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