Take A Look At The Most Epic Map Blunders Throughout The Ages

Maps aren’t always as accurate as we’d like to believe.

Just ask British author Edward Brooke-Hitching, who details 70 of the most epic fails in his new book The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies And Blunders On Maps.

It’s “an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be,” says the London-based writer ― who researched ghost islands, non-existent mountain ranges, hoax golden cities and fake continents for the tome.

“All of them at one time or another were absolutely believed, sometimes for centuries, to be real because they were drawn on maps,” the 33-year-old told The Huffington Post.

“Maps have an unquestionable authority,” he said. “We’ve always thought of them as infallible, and so it’s startling and intriguing to see how wrongly they’ve sometimes shown the world to be.”

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