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A Brief History of the World in Maps

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I came across an interesting collection of maps representing changes to the world through the history of maps; historically- and geographically-speaking, maps did not have a tendency to be too accurate as far as actual coastlines, and they may have taken a bit of artistic license as to the size of the artist’s patron country or enemy nations, but they give a fascinating insight to the mentalities and techniques behind their creations.  And I didn’t find a single “thar’ be dragons” on any of these maps.  Just click on the photo below to follow the link.

1675 Dover to London Map, John Ogilby

1675 Dover to London Map, John Ogilby

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About Trinity

A melancholic pragmatist with a wide streak of mischief and an active imagination that turns into novels.

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  1. Brilliant! I love maps and have intentions or writing a good deal about them; but for now, let me introduce the Hereford mappa mundi: http://visualsquirrel.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/maps-the-time-and-space-of-the-hereford-cloth-of-the-world/

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