Lost at Sea

There is a new exhibition at the Folger to visit: “Lost at Sea.” The New York Times published a review about it which makes me want to take the trip:

At the beginning of the 17th century, the ocean was scarcely understood and riskily charted. It was also the medium for the exercise of international power, the site of exploratory fantasy and the terrain over which Divine Providence exacted mysterious judgments. All strands of human knowledge and experience were associated with the ocean. “Technological know-how and cartographic knowledge were essential,” the exhibition tells us, “but so also were narrative understanding and religious faith.”

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