According to Greek mythology, Atlantis was a huge island inhabited by a rich, wise, fair and generous people governed by the sea god Poseidon. When the Atlantans became greedy, Zeus decided to punish them with seaquakes and volcanic eruptions to the extent that the island was destroyed in just one night. Legend has it that the ruins of Atlantis now lie on the bottom of the sea beneath the Canary Islands, and that the archipelago is made of the highest peaks and mountains of this mythological continent. During the 16th and 17th century, the Canary Islands were marked as Atlantis on a number of maps and in writings.