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Cartography's Foundation: Ptolemy's Geography AD A 15th-century reconstruction based on Ptolemy's projections of the world Wikimedia Commons Humans have been sketching maps for millennia. Cultural Exchange: Al-Idrisi's World Map In his new book. I asked him to walk me through the 12 maps he selected you can click on each map below to enlarge it. Mediterranean-focused world that was missing the Americas. Unlike Ptolemy. Christian Faith: Hereford's Mappa Mundi Unlike east-oriented Christian world maps at the time.
Wikimedia Commons Al-Sharif al-Idrisi. Imperial Politics: Kwon Kun's Kangnido Map At the center is Jerusalem.
Wikimedia Commons This map from England's Hereford Cathedral depicts "what the world looked like to medieval Christians.
The organizing principle in the east-oriented map is time. He chalks this up to power politics in the region at the time.
Europe is a "tiny. China is the gigantic blob at the center of the map. Territorial Exploration: Waldseemuller's Universalis Cosmographia The Arabian Peninsula is to Africa's right. Wikimedia Commons What's most striking about this Korean map. The map consists of 12 woodcuts and incorporates many of the latest discoveries by European explorers you get the sense that the woodcutter was asked at the last minute to make room for the Cape of Good Hope.
Politicized Geography: After Ferdinand Magellan's expedition circumnavigated the globe for the first time in It is the first map to recognize the Pacific Ocean and the separate continent of "America.
But Brotton thinks it had a higher purpose as well. Ribeiro may have known that the islands which appear on the far-left and far-right sides of the map actually belonged to Portugal. Gerardus Mercator is the most influential figure in the history of mapmaking. Lisbon to the West Coast of the States and maintain an active line of bearing. Brotton dismisses this view.
Territorial Navigation: Brotton says. Commercial Cartography: Blaeu's Atlas maior National Mapping: Cassini's Map of France But he did break with a mapmaking tradition dating back to Ptolemy of placing the earth at the center of the universe.
At the top of the map. Joan Blaeu produced a vast atlas with hundreds of baroque maps gracing thousands of pages.
Mackinder's 'Geographical Pivot of History' The Cassinis used the science of triangulation to create this nearly sheet topographic map. Brotton says: Europe is a "tiny, barbaric speck" in the upper left, with a circumnavigable Africa below it's unclear whether the dark shading in the middle of Africa represents a lake or a desert.
The Arabian Peninsula is to Africa's right, and India is barely visible. China is the gigantic blob at the center of the map, with Korea, looking disproportionately large, to its right and the island of Japan in the bottom right. It is the first map to recognize the Pacific Ocean and the separate continent of "America," which Waldseemuller named in honor of the then-still-living Amerigo Vespucci, who identified the Americas as a distinct landmass Vespucci and Ptolemy appear at the top of the map.
The map consists of 12 woodcuts and incorporates many of the latest discoveries by European explorers you get the sense that the woodcutter was asked at the last minute to make room for the Cape of Good Hope.
Politicized Geography: Ribeiro's World Map Wikimedia Commons The Portuguese cartographer Diogo Ribeiro composed this map amid a bitter dispute between Spain and Portugal over the Moluccas, an island chain in present-day Indonesia and hub for the spice trade in , the two countries had signed a treaty dividing the world's newly discovered lands in two.
After Ferdinand Magellan's expedition circumnavigated the globe for the first time in , Ribeiro, working for the Spanish crown, placed the "Spice Islands," inaccurately, just inside the Spanish half of his seemingly scientific world maps. Ribeiro may have known that the islands which appear on the far-left and far-right sides of the map actually belonged to Portugal, but he also knew who paid the bills.
The Flemish-German cartographer tried "on a flat piece of paper to mimic the curvature of the earths surface," permitting "him to draw a straight line from, say, Lisbon to the West Coast of the States and maintain an active line of bearing.
But Brotton thinks it had a higher purpose as well. Brotton dismisses this view, arguing that Europe isn't even at the center of the map.
But he did break with a mapmaking tradition dating back to Ptolemy of placing the earth at the center of the universe. At the top of the map, the sun is at the center of personifications of the five known planets at the timein a nod to Copernicus's theory of the cosmos, even as the earth, divided into two hemispheres, remains at the center of the map, in deference to Ptolemy Ptolemy is in the upper left, and Copernicus in the upper right.
The Cassinis used the science of triangulation to create this nearly sheet topographic map, which French revolutionaries nationalized in the late 18th century. This, Brotton says, "is the birth of what we understand as modern nation-state mapping Now, in the Google era, mapmaking is again going into private hands. Geoactivism: Peters's Projection Wikimedia Commons In , the left-wing German historian Arno Peters unveiled an alternative to Mercator's allegedly Eurocentric projection: a world map depicting countries and continents according to their actual surface areahence the smaller-than-expected northern continents, and Africa and South America appearing, in Brotton's words, "like long, distended tear drops.
But critics argued that any projection of a spherical surface onto a plane surface involves distortions, and that Peters had amplified these by committing serious mathematical errors. Gall--Peters Projection Virtual Mapping: Google Earth Google is at the forefront of innovations in digital mapmaking, Brotton says. But he also notes that the company sees maps as an adjunct to search and advertising.