The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Anian, the Strait of Anian

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Anian, the Strait of Anian – a semi-mythical strait separating America and Asia and situated in place of the Bering Strait. It was first mentioned by an Italian cartographer Gastaldi in 1562. It first appeared on the maps at around the same time (see “Bering Strait”). The most ancient map showing the Strait of Anian is a map of North America by an Italian cartographer Zalterno (1566). According to the academician L. S. Berg, this strait is “a cartographical fantasy.”

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