Monday, July 16, 2018

1512, A secure path between the continents



Like a fairy tale, once upon a time, 
                                   [particularly in the year 1512, ie this year,
a man was born who when he grew up would take a knife,
                [and peel back the land, give to the seafarers the gear
to unite the whole world and to improve the living level,
               [but unfortunately it was done numerous times violently,
a historical fact that we avoid mentioning,
                 [and when we do this we do as much as we can silently.

This man with the knife was none other than the Gerardus Mercator,
                            [a Flemish cartographer, mathematician and philosopher
who in this invention made safe the navigation,
                                   [which was much more difficult then, much tougher.

The great invention was the projection
                                                         [of the round earth in planar panel !!

Thus were created the famous "Mercator maps",
       [a secure path between the continents, a communication channel. 


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* ''IT COULD BE OTHERWISE in verse''
Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis -CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS
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*Gerardus Mercator (born 5 March 1512) was a 16th-century German-Flemish cartographer, geographer and cosmographer. He was renowned for creating a world map based on a new projection which represented sailing courses of constant bearing (rhumb lines) as straight lines—an innovation that is still employed in nautical charts.
Mercator was one of the founders of the Netherlandish school of cartography and is widely considered as the most notable representative of the school in its golden age. In his own day he was the world's most famous geographer....



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Friday, July 13, 2018

1511, Today and centuries ago, Malacca Strait is the center of the Universe


General Afonso de Albuquerque, Duke of Goa  
Afonso  de Albuquerque launched an attack on 15 August 1511
             [which proved successful as Malacca was captured on that day
and so the Portuguese became master of the strait of Malacca,
                                                                                  [that precious waterway,
the current passage of Singapore, that sailors now days

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The strait is connecting the Indian Ocean with the Pacific
                                                                                [and the South China Sea
and derived its name from the trading port Malacca
              [which was important in the 16th century—on the Malay coast.



Center of attention of the world and armies of that time,
    [center of attention this year (2018) again…. well, just about, almost,
because the US President and North Korean Supreme leader,
    [ended their historic meeting in Singapore by signing a joint statement.

The document promised denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,
                                                [of Peace a sailor would call it an affreightment.




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* ''IT COULD BE OTHERWISE in verse''
Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis -CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS
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*Strait of Malacca : As the link between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, the Strait of Malacca is the shortest sea route between India and China and hence is one of the most heavily traveled shipping channels in the world. In early times, it helped to determine the direction of major Asian migrations of peoples through the Malay Archipelago. The strait was successively controlled by the Arabs, the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British. Singapore, one of the world’s most important ports, is situated at the strait’s southern end.
In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, petroleum companies established new oil wells to exploit the oil fields along Sumatra’s east coast, just off the Sunda Shelf region. Besides other ships, the strait affords passage to giant oil tankers voyaging between the Middle East oil fields and ports in Japan and elsewhere in East Asia.







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