Old World

The Old World consists of Africa, Europe, and Asia, or Afro-Eurasia, most of which encompasses the Eastern Hemisphere, regarded collectively as the part of the world known to the inhabitants thereof before contact with the Americas.[1] The Western Hemisphere, particularly the Americas, are therefore contrariwise called the New World.[2]

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Map of the "Old World" (the 2nd century Ptolemy world map in a 15th-century copy)

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