The Mismapping of America

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The Mismapping of America presents and analyzes the significant cartographic errors that have shaped the history of the United States. Perhaps the most blatant error is the very name "America," that honors Amerigo Vespucci, who not only never set foot on North American soil, but also played no significant role in the discovery of South America. The appearance of the name "America" imprinted on a map ensured its permanence. Other significant errors explored in The Mismapping of America include Giovanni da ...
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Overview

The Mismapping of America presents and analyzes the significant cartographic errors that have shaped the history of the United States. Perhaps the most blatant error is the very name "America," that honors Amerigo Vespucci, who not only never set foot on North American soil, but also played no significant role in the discovery of South America. The appearance of the name "America" imprinted on a map ensured its permanence. Other significant errors explored in The Mismapping of America include Giovanni da Verrazzano's misinterpretation of Pamlico or Albermarle Sound for the Pacific Ocean, thereby suggesting the presence of an isthmus in the middle of the North American continent; the existence of a direct North West passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; the misconception that California was an island; and the insertion on Lake Superior of a fictitious island that is specifically referred to in defining the boundary of the United States. The inclusion of pertinent rare maps enhances this rich and revealing narrative of several intriguing episodes in the history of the geographic evolution of the United States. Seymour I. Schwartz is the Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester, and an expert on the history of mapping America. He is the coauthor of Mapping of America and author of The French and Indian War 1754-1763: The Imperial Struggle for North America and This Land is Your Land.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580463027
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,245,347
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Schwartz
Seymour Schwartz

Seymour I Schwartz, MD (Rochester, NY), a world-renowned surgeon, is the author of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, which in its seven editions and translations has sold more than 500,000 copies. Dr. Schwartz is equally renowned as a cartographic historian and is the author of many books on historical maps, including Putting "America" on the Map: The Story of the Most Important Graphic Document in the History of the United States.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Greatest Misnomer on Planet Earth 1
2 Cinching a Corset of Convenience 37
3 Depicting a Desire 77
4 Formed Fancy Persisted in Face of Facts 127
5 French Fantasies 173
Conclusion 215
Index 219
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