1602 map shows China at the center of the world

In 1602, when he created the first Chinese map to name the Americas, Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary living in Bejing. His map is currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. (photo)

The map is annotated with descriptions of the geography of various regions of the world including "humped oxen,"  or bison, in North America. Flordia is called "the Land of Flowers."

A digital version of the map is scheduled to be released online for use by researchers.