Yeah, it was the first image result for "old paper".You use the same map texture I do .
Good to see young Dovyiat has the adventuring spirit in him!
Other than the failed Icelandic attempts, colonizing is about where it should be, no worries.I hope the colonizing doesn't happen too early, and has some reasonable motives behind it. That's two things that bother me a lot: seeing more than one or two tiny one-province colonies in the 15C, and seeing no explanation for why people are moving to the colonies in AARs: is it religious escapism, like in the 13 colonies? What factors are pushing the state to colonize? These things are important, IMHO.
That you know of, I haven't really introduced everything yet. Plus there is an option everyone seems to be leaving out.IRRC most of Western Europe is thoroughly islamicized by then. Most of the other colonization was made by Prussia as far as we know. Maybe people were were escaping from both sides the Infinite War between Prussia et al and the caliphate taifas?
I am really enjoying the discussion, so I figure that answering your questions will hamper that. Speculate away! And thanks for the support. (Remember to vote, btw)