Map from a book printed in the 1600s. Hard to imagine they could be so mistaken about California as to include islands and major, named "seas" separating the landmass. One is even named "Mare Ruberum", Red Sea. (media.conspiracies.win)
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What would have been neat would have been if they had had hot air balloons carried on ships, and could launch them on a long tether to see what was ahead, from high up. For instance, a balloon at 1000 feet can see 38 miles to the horizon. Or if they had had small sea planes. And if the Spaniards had had geosats, today we'd speak Spanish, eat paiella, and drive shitty cars.