I thought about doing a cute Thanksgiving picture with The Sun Prince boys, and then I thought about how they wouldn’t have any concept of what that is!

The story takes place in the 2nd half of 15th century. Let’s say 1470-ish. America hasn’t been invented yet. Nobody in western Europe even knows that there are like, four more continents in the world!

 

Columbus is just now trying to get funding for his “shortcut to Asia.” (Gonna be 500 years before someone invents Kickstarter.) It’s wild to think that this is the known map of the world in 1457:

That’s it. That’s all we knew about the planet. The boys would have lived through a discovery that changed their entire world. Literally.

It’s amazing to think about living on a planet where some areas are still marked as “parts unknown.” I suppose the modern equivalent would be the world ocean. Roughly 80% of it remains unexplored, and the scientific consensus is We Just Don’t Know What’s Down There. That’s wild. @_@

So I’m left with a healthy respect for how much we don’t know — about our planet, our history; about ourselves, really. It’s humbling. And it’s exciting, cause there are so many discoveries yet to be made! That’s really something to be grateful about.

 


This is a really fun article:

The 15th-Century Monk Who Crowdsourced a Map of the World.
Fra Mauro was the Google Earth of the 1450s.