Take the Map Quiz
Travel back in time to learn what was known (and imagined) about the world in the 17th century. How well can you answer these trivia questions about the Ricci and Verbiest maps?
The Ricci Map
In this country, there are no poisonous snakes or reptiles, and when these creatures are brought in from other countries, they immediately lose their venom.
This country has two mountains, one that emits fire and one that emits smoke, all day and night without interruption.
This river is the longest in the world.
The inhabitants of this country live in caves they dig in the earth and wear clothes made out of bird feathers.
The Verbiest Map
This strange beast in Chile issues a terrifyingly loud roar when upset, has a tail as long as its body, and carries its young on its back when pursued by a predator.
The capuchin monkey
When a person looks at this animal, it will “calmly turn around as if to show off its splendid nature.”
This beast, which lives in Lithuania, has a glossy pelt that is highly sought after. After it eats, it presses its stomach to make more room, then continues its search for food.
The black bear
After being stung by a tarantula, said to be native to Italy, the affected person must be treated every year with:
The tears of his enemies
Whatever music brings him joy
Another injection of tarantula venom
Three bottles of wine drunk in quick succession
This animal, native to Gambia, is as large as an elephant, with shorter legs. Its scaly body is covered in red and yellow spots, and the horn on its nose is as strong as steel and can be used to stab and kill an elephant.
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