On the blurb of the book "Der Schwarm" the first sentence reads as "Vor Peru verschwindet ein Fischer."

I only know "vor" to mean "before", "in front of" or "prior", but in this sentence it seems to mean "from".

Can you explain this?

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    "vor" can relate to time OR location, befor relates only to time while "vor Peru" means "located in fromt of Peru" – Hobbamok Aug 19 '19 at 11:11

Peru has a coastline, a fisherman is often in the sea. And there he disappears - somewhere before/in front of/not far from the coastline of Peru in the deep sea waters 🌊🌊🌊

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  • Thank you, that makes a lot more sense – Bruhman67 Aug 18 '19 at 19:46
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    Wir lagen vor Madagaskar, und hatten die Pest an Bord … – Janka Aug 18 '19 at 19:57

In this context it means offshore, because it refers to: vor (der Küste).

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