Mapping the World: Maps and Their History

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How people through history mapped their world reveals not just what they knew about geography, but also how they understood their relationship with the planet. From the ancient Babylonians to modern astronomers charting the far reaches of the universe, Mapping the World tells the story of humanity's quest to understand the earth and our place in it. Maps hold a special fascination for anyone interested in how humankind has tried to understand and represent the world, from the earliest civilizations to the modern ...
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Overview

How people through history mapped their world reveals not just what they knew about geography, but also how they understood their relationship with the planet. From the ancient Babylonians to modern astronomers charting the far reaches of the universe, Mapping the World tells the story of humanity's quest to understand the earth and our place in it. Maps hold a special fascination for anyone interested in how humankind has tried to understand and represent the world, from the earliest civilizations to the modern generation of space explorers. Mapping the World describes this quest in more than seventy historical and modern maps, each with a lively description of its significance in the story. There are medieval maps that show the location of paradise and route maps that guided pilgrims or crusaders; maps that reveal early attempts to define the borders between countries; and maps that reflect Europeans' growing knowledge of the world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Later, maps charted the rise of colonial empires and the scientific attempt to understand the structure of the Earth and the oceans. Today cartography faces new challenges, from charting crowded cities to mapping a universe that is growing bigger and bigger.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571455765
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1902
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Babylonian World Map 8
The Earliest Maps 10
The Peutinger Map 12
Roman Mapmaking 14
Mabada Mosaic Map 16
Mapping the Holy Land 18
The Cotton Map 20
Early Medieval Maps 22
World Map, Al-Idrisi 24
The Rise of Islam 26
Psalter Map 28
Medieval World Maps 30
Medieval Route Map 32
Early Pilgrim Itineraries 34
The Carte Pisane 36
Expanding Horizons 38
Hereford Mappmundi 40
Mapping the Medieval Mind 42
World Map, Ranulf Higden 44
Monastic Books and Maps 46
Catalan Atlas (Asia) 48
Marco Polo 50
Catalan Atlas (Africa), Abraham Cresques 52
Imagining the Dark Continent 54
Boarstall Manor 56
The Medieval Achievement 58
Cathay, Fra Mauro 60
Mauro's Mappamundi 62
Ptolemy's World Map 64
The Influence of Ptolemy 66
World Map, Juan de la Cosa 68
A Spanish View of the World 70
Carta Marina, Martin Waldseemuller 72
Naming America 74
Tenochtitlan 76
The Conquest of Mexico 78
The Vallard Chart 80
Cartier in Canada 82
Africa, Diogo Homem 84
A Route to India 86
Asia, Diogo Homem 88
Secrecy, Spying, and Spices 90
Florida, Jacques Le Moyne 92
Explorers and Settlers 94
The New World, Abraham Ortelius 96
The First Atlas 98
Muscovy, Jenkinson and Ortelius 100
The Rise of Russia 102
Tartary, Abraham Ortelius 104
The Mongols 106
Frankfurt-on-Main, Braun and Hogenberg 108
Early Town Plans 110
London, Braun and Hogenberg 112
London Rising 114
The English Channel, Lucas Waghenaer 116
Into the Age of Fighting Sail 118
World Map, Rumold Mercator 120
Mercator's Projection 122
New Guinea, Gerard and Cornelis de Jode 124
Seeking the South 126
China, Jodocus Hondius 128
Western Strangers 130
New England, Captain John Smith 132
Adventurers and Pilgrims 134
Herefordshire, John Speed 136
English County Maps 138
America, John Speed 140
Into the Pacific 142
Leo Belgicus, Jodocus Hondius 144
Novelty Maps 146
World Map, Willem Blaeu 148
The Atlas Makers 150
World Map, Joan Blaeu 152
The Blaeu Firm 154
Holland, Willem Blaeu 156
The Dutch Golden Age 158
Wales, Joan Blaeu 160
Uniting the Kingdoms 162
The Heptarchy, Jan Jansson 164
Recovering the Past 166
The Ukraine, Guillaume Le Vasseur de Beauplan 168
France Ascendant 170
New Netherland, Nicholas Visscher 172
New Netherland 174
The Starry Heavens, Andreas Cellarius 176
Charting the Heavens 178
Town of Manhattan 180
The American Colonies 182
The North Sea, Greenvile Collins 184
Effective Navigation 186
North America, Alexis Hubert Jaillot 188
The French in North America 190
Ireland, Frederik de Wit 192
The Mapping of Ireland 194
Europe, Frederik de Wit 196
Printed Maps 198
Africa, Herman Moll 200
Africa: Still Imagining 202
The "Beaver" Map, Herman Moll 204
Struggle for Mastery 206
Livonia and Courland, Johann Baptist Homann 208
Sweden: Rise and Fall 210
America, Jean Baptiste Nolin 212
The Supremacy of France 214
Map of France, Cesar Cassini de Thury 216
The Cassini Family 218
City of New York, Bernard Ratzer 220
Toward Independence 222
Dusky Bay, Captain James Cook 224
Cook and the Pacific 226
The Thames River, Ordnance Survey 228
A National Institution 230
North America, Lewis and Clark's Expedition 232
Crossing the Continent 234
Great Survey of India, William Lambton 236
Triangulation of the Great Arc 238
Geological World Map, James Reynolds 240
Earthly Disputes 242
Tennessee, Nelson Sayler 244
Recording the Rocks 246
Egypt, John Tallis 248
The Lure of Ancient Egypt 250
Overland Route to India, John Tallis 252
The Overwater Route 254
London Underground, Henry C. Beck 256
Pioneering Under Ground 258
New York City Subway 260
Subway Story 262
The Ozone Layer 264
Global Warming 266
Hurricane Hugo 268
Forecasting the Weather 270
The Ocean Floor 272
Exploring the Depths 274
El Nino 276
Wind and Water 278
San Francisco Bay 280
Mapping the Planet 282
Topography of Mars 284
Exploring Mars 286
Indianapolis Airport 288
Air Transport 290
Star Chart, 2001, Wil Tirion 292
Camera on the Universe 294
Manhattan Snapshot, The NYCMap 296
New York, New York 298
Further Reading 300
Index 301
Picture Credits 304
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