What Does “Finisterre” Mean?
The End of the Earth for the Romans
Along the most western point of the Iberian Peninsula of Spain lies a rocky promontory on the Atlantic coast. In the Roman era it was thought to be the end of the known world, and so the Romans named the town there “Finis Terrae,” meaning, “the end of the earth.”
For them, as they looked beyond their Mediterranean-centric world to the West, that rocky promontory of Spain seemed like the end of their world. Little changed until the first return voyage from the Americas occurred centuries later. The world just got a whole lot bigger!