Anian, Strait of

Anian, Strait of
   Dr. Ruge says that the name arose through a misunderstanding of Marco Polo's book (bk. 3, ch. 5). His Ania "is no doubt the present Anam, but the Dutch cartographers thought that this land was in north-east Asia, and called the strait that was said to separate the continents the Strait of Anian." The name appears for the first time on Gerh. Mercator's famous maritime chart of 1569.
   Index: D History of search for, 2; De Fuca's voyage to, 9; Carver's River of Oregon, 20.
   Bib.: Soph. Ruge, Fretum Aniam; Dawson, Canada.

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