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Children's LiteratureMapping the world accurately has been a craft for hundreds of years. This collection of map stories tells the history of the world through its maps. Ross opens up details of mapmakers in history whose stories are not well-known. Some mapmakers had to do their work in secret because they didn't want to be challenged by rulers of the time who didn't want to admit their current maps were wrong. Others were commissioned by their governments to make more accurate maps. This book tells how maps of Vinland, Africa, France, Asia, the South Pacific, North America, and other places were created. The history of other types of mapmaking such as measuring and drawing ocean depths, secret maps on the Underground Railroad, and photographs from space are also covered. Ross chronicles the technologies available and invented during various times in world history and how different tools were used to make maps. This book is dense with historical facts, maps, and diagrams. A useful resource for world history and geography teachers, students, or anyone interested in the unique history of mapmaking. 2003, Tundra Books, Ages 14 to Adult.
— Marcie Flinchum Atkins