Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli

A Quote by Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli on beginning, earth, and lies

Here a contemporary and putative correspondent of Columbus takes the spherical earth for granted..."I therefore send to His Majesty a chart drawn by my own hand, upon which is laid out the western coast from Ireland on the north to the end of Guinea, and the islands which lie on that route, in front of which directly to the west, is shown the beginning of the Indies... And do not marvel at my calling 'west' the regions where the spices grow, although they are commonly called 'east'; because whoever sails westward will always find those lands in the west, while one who goes overland to the east will always find the same lands in the east."

Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli

Source: Letter to Fernao Martins, canon of Lisbon, June 25, 1474

Contributed by: Zaady

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