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Bünting's Cloverleaf Map

(1581)

"The whole world in a clover leaf, which is the crest of the city of Hannover, my beloved fatherland." This caption was given by Heinrich B√ľnting, native of that city, to one of his allegorical maps. The three continents of the Old World are shown well-divided by the seas, but connected by Jerusalem as the hub of the world because of its religious importance, especially at the time of the European wars of the Reformation. The blue ocean is titled "The Great Mediterranean Sea of the World"; only the Red Sea is colored red and shown separately.



Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry