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Tudor map of Europe

The National Archives: SP 12.252 f7; map of Europe, 1595

This is a map of Europe, with parts of Asia and Africa roughly sketched. It is dated 3 May 1595, in the time of Elizabeth I.

The countries on the map are written in English and, in some cases, Latin. We don't know why it was drawn or who made it, but from looking at it we can see what ideas the Tudors might have had about their world.


  • What countries can you spot?
  • Look at a modern map of Europe and the Mediterranean. What differences do you notice?

To view or print out a larger version of this map, see Resources.

What countries did England trade with in Tudor times?

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Tudor map of Europe

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