What Lands Did Europeans Really Discover?

In: Culture History Maps Science

14 Aug 2013

Nice work by Bill Rankin over at Radial Cartography. He tries to map out lands that were really uninhabited prior to discovery. You’ll notice they were mostly small islands.


If you like maps and haven’t browsed that site before, you should. Lots of cool projects:

A table of projections:


Comparison of subways in the USA:


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6 Responses to What Lands Did Europeans Really Discover?



August 15th, 2013 at 11:47 am

“Comparison of subways in the USA:” Now USA includes Canada and Mexico?


John Hall

August 15th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

And what lands do the ancestors of Europeans control?



August 15th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Great charts. Interesting and informative.
CA, were you really that confused by the title that you had to stop and comment?
Stop embarrassing yourself and quit your trolling.


S. Leutel

August 16th, 2013 at 12:45 am

North America. Not USA. The continent, not the country.


Renato Nunes

August 18th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Are you sure they are ALL Discoveries ? I would tend to believe that some are CONQUESTS. or purchases…..territories taken, bought or stolen from others. How could Russia discover land that is the continuation of its town original territory ? And the USA to have “discovered” Alaska ?/



August 25th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

All inhabited land on Earth was “taken, bought or stolen from others”. Europeans were just competent enough to settle, develop and hold the same land savages had been murdering each other to squat on for a few years (or until it reverted to the next dominant group of savages) for millenia. The natives of these countries, now many independent, still enjoy the fruits of European conquest: laws, form of government, sanitation, law enforcement, roads & bridges, medicine, technology, culture, education, art and literature, language, architecture, infrastructure etc.

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