Imagined Geographies

Early European maps of the world, including those of Southeast Asia, were as much fantasy as fact. They are "inaccurate" by today’s standards of geographical knowledge and positioning. How can we explain their inaccuracies?


Where is Southeast Asia?

The region we today know as Southeast Asia is recorded under many different names in maps from the past. These historical maps capture less a fixed geographical reality than the shifting assumptions about the region as a coherent and clearly delimited territory. Explore the changing names and territories of Southeast Asia.