Historically, mapmaking was a fairly imprecise task . . .to fill blank areas on the maps, mapmakers used to include textual/graphic warnings of the dangers of going into uncharted territory. Such warnings took the form of sea serpents, dragons,  mythical and, sometimes, even real creatures. The actual line "Here There Be Dragons" has been found only once, on the 16th-century Lenox Globe — but is too cool to give up.

Historically, mapmaking was a fairly imprecise task . . .to fill blank areas on the maps, mapmakers used to include textual/graphic warnings of the dangers of going into uncharted territory. Such warnings took the form of sea serpents, dragons, mythical and, sometimes, even real creatures. The actual line "Here There Be Dragons" has been found only once, on the 16th-century Lenox Globe — but is too cool to give up.

Bio-luminescence .... when algae bloom in the red tide.  what a great pic by Here Be Dragons!

Bio-luminescence .... when algae bloom in the red tide. what a great pic by Here Be Dragons!

No Old Maps Actually Say 'Here Be Dragons' - The Atlantic

No Old Maps Actually Say 'Here Be Dragons'

Here Be Dragons by AnnPars on DeviantArt

Here Be Dragons by AnnPars on DeviantArt

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