In a story about historic maps published this week in the New Yorker magazine, William Finnegan writes, “Looking at Old World maps, you can see it happen. Around the turn of the sixteenth century, dragons start to withdraw from the seas west of Europe, and landmasses appear. Continents slowly take on more precise shapes. California is discovered but remains an island, in the European mind, for two hundred years.”
This week a friend of mine in California took the Kata Beach address of where I am staying in Phuket, Thailand, and located me on Google Earth.