Where is the Bering Strait? Who was Bering?

MSHist vs AltHist.

Above, we talked about the striking at first glance statement of the British Encyclopedia of 1771, that almost all of Siberia was formed at that time, that is, at the end of the 18th century! – an independent state with its capital in Tobolsk. And it WAS THE BIGGEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. In the 18th century, the Siberian state – “Moscow Tartary” – began in the west from the middle reaches of the Volga, approximately from Nizhny Novgorod and stretched east to the China Sea. The capital of this state in the 18th century was the city of Tobolsk, whose name on many maps of that time sounds like TOBOL, see above…..

Let us now take a closer look at how North America was depicted on European maps of the 18th century before Pugachev, that is, the war of 1773-1775. It turns out that western North America is generally NOT SHOWN AT ALL on European maps. The European cartographers of that time JUST DID NOT KNOW what it looked like.