Herman Moll - Arabia

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Herman Moll was a Dutch engraver that moved to England around 1780. He was one of the leading engravers at the beginning of the 18th century. This engraving would have been created on that road to notoriety.

The term "Happy" Arabia derives from the latin name "Felix" Arabia assigned by much earlier sources. Felix translates to fertile, blessed, and fruitful but also translates to happy (as well as lucky, and successful). As seen by the satellite imagery, only the smallest portions, mostly along the coasts, might be considered "Happy".

Some other interesting place names from this map: