1565 Giacomo Gastaldi (Italy)


Europeans had known about Sable Island since the 1500s. Their maps show the island as much larger than it really is. Early mapmakers relied on explorers' accounts. The size of the dreaded island may have over exaggerated because of the shipwrecks.

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