- a descriptive atlas of the Middle Ages, giving sailing directions and providing charts showing rhumb lines and the location of ports and various coastal features.
Origin of portolano
Also called rutter.
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Examples from the Web for portolano
A sea-chart—probably a portolano—is mentioned as early as the account of the Crusade of St. Louis, in 1270.The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea
Gomes Eannes de Azurara