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Great Gulf

To the Romans, the Gulf of Thailand was the eastern edge of the world. What lay beyond was entirely unknown - maybe an endless vastness of ocean, or possibly lands filled with monsters and treasure, unreachable with their current naval technology.

Great Gulf

     Before the Age of Discovery, European and Mediterranean traders explored eastwards, rather than crossing the Atlantic. Ptolemy, the famous geographer contructed a map of known worlds where the known areas terminated at the eastern edge with the Gulf of Thailand, calling it “Magnus Sinus” (Latin for “the great gulf”).

      The Roman Empire was long gone by the time explorers started traveling west thereby encountering the New World and crossing the pacific ocean from the East.

      Before the western voyages, there was no new world, there was only the world which ended in the regions around Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

    

Category: History and Adventure

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