Martin Waldseemüller's map of 1513 Tabula Terre Nove. Mayda appears in the upper right hand corner as "Asmaidas".

Mayda is one of the oldest and most enduring phantom islands. Though it has gone by many names, this crescent- shaped island has graced the skins of maps for over five centuries. It first appeared on the Pizzigani map of 1367 as Brazir, with a warning to sailors who may near its shores. It was drawn with three ships under attack by sea monster. A giant octopus drags one under while a dragon flies overhead with a man in is jaws.

It moved around the Atlantic for the next two hundred years, appearing on six different maps, until it finally makes its way to the North American coast. In 1560 it appeared parallel to northern Newfoundland, though no one had yet stepped foot on its shores.

Then in a strange twist, in 1948 a ship passing south of Greenland and due west of southern Brittany, noticed a strange change in the color of the ocean. Though the depth should have read around 2400 fathoms, it read 20. The crew confirmed that in the middle of the Atlantic there lay a raised point of land 28 miles in diameter. Other than this, these old maps were the only evidence that an island may have once stood in that spot.