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Hy Brazil, the “phantom island” on maps that mysteriously disappeared in 1872

At least 125 years before Brazil welcomed the first Portuguese; map readers already knew about Brazil long before America was discovered.

However, not as the gigantic country we know today, but as a small ghost island off the coast of Ireland.

For many, the mist-shrouded Brazil Island in the North Atlantic, also known as Hy Brasil, remains a mystery. But for others, it is a cartographic error and an . . .

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