The Biggest Mapping Mistake of π—”π—Ÿπ—Ÿ π—§π—œπ— π—˜

Is California Actually an Island???
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For 200 years map makers drew California as an island. The path to find out why led me on a pretty wild journey.


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  1. putting the story into "tweet terms" is honestly fucking genius. seriously. stroke of GENIUS

    i CANNOT believe Vox ever let you go dude. they are morons, you are so good at your craft. if they knew what they were doing, theyd had offered your ownership to keep your onboard lmfao

  2. Umm. You were a missionary, that explain your partially way of tell history but in a professionally video quality way. Please, stop saying how bad Spain was, just tell what they do, not how bad it was for you. Tell facts, stop using adjectives.

  3. 7:42 there are some suggestions Montalvo may have got the name from the Song of Roland. This would make sense as the author was also the author of Amadis of Gaul, which was a book about knights that famously Don Quixote was obsessed with to the point of madness. Stories about Charlamagne and his knights were, like those of King Arthur, the basic fare from which this romantic tales of knights drew from. In the Song of Roland one of the saracen king's armies comes from a land called Califerne, that may have been a garbled reference to the concept of the Muslim Caliphate, which of course would make sense as his novel The Exploits of Esplandian ended up being, like a lot of books, based around a conflict between Christians and non-Christians.

  4. It’s well documented that central California used to flood with some degree of seasonality. I’m curious if this has played into any hypotheses as to why California was perceived as an island by some but not others.

  5. Dude. The native people gaslit and thirst trapped the entire world when they hit them with the: β€œWhat isla-? Ahhhh yeah there’s an island over there for sure… Oh yeah yeah, only women live on it by the way. So definitely tell everybody, and go check it out yeah?”

  6. Johnny sweats Hispanophobia. I'm getting worried about him actually. Maybe some some Mexican or Spaniard took away from him the girl he liked, who knows; but the fact is that he fully buys the Black Legend (British/French/Dutch anti-Empire Propaganda) and resells it bit by bit πŸ˜…πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ


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