Did You Know the Atlantic Ocean Was Once Called Ethiopian Ocean?

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The current meridional, which was fifty percent of the Atlantic Ocean within traditional geographic tasks was called the Aethiopian — also known as the Ethiopian Sea or Ocean today. This term endured on various geographical charts from the beginning of the historical eras until the 1800s.

The word Aithiopos originated initially as an ancient term, which is currently known as the South Atlantic Ocean.  The tapered area amongst Natal, Brazil, Monrovia, and Liberia was parted from the North Atlantic Ocean.

The term Ethiopian Ocean persisted in Lucem Producta till the middle of the 1800s. This was on Accuratissima Totius Africae‘s global grid, which was etched from Johann Baptist Homann and Frederick de Wit. The grid was also issued by Jacob von Sandrart at Nürnberg in 1702.

The word Aethiopian was connected to Aethiopia back then. The term was traced back to ancient times when the phrase was labeled as Aethiopia in Africa – a region to Egypt’s west and south. Typical usage of the word has turned extinct in the modern era.

Ethiopia used to be called Abyssinia by the British. Today, it is on the other side of the east end of Africa. It’s very much near the Indian Ocean and the subdivision upon the Red Sea.

Ten years later, the phrase Ethiopian Ocean or Ethiopian Sea has been in desuetude due to the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Phytologist William Albert Setchell (1864-943) utilized the phrase with the ocean over various isles close to Antarctica.


The African History. (2020, June 26). The Atlantic Ocean was known as Ethiopian Ocean until the 19th century. The African History. Retrieved October 12, 2021, from https://theafricanhistory.com/676? fbclid=IwAR0_osvCLP3FeDA3iDPgu48Q6YKF8llsIwGiQvvSVxAvu9ppbshoc6yJwiI#nubia

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