Sea People Tidbit: The World According to Ptolemy

I'm starting a series of posts I'm calling Sea People Tidbits. Here is the first one, from a chapter on the Pacific in early European maps.

Ptolemaic maps from the fifteenth century, do not even include the Pacific—what Cook would later call “the fourth part” of the globe. Their focus is on the known, inhabited regions of the world, which means, at this stage of history, that there is nothing west of Europe, east of Asia, or south of the Tropic of Capricorn.