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Maps and How the Worlds Looks

Monday, February 25, 2013

Simon Garfield tells the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps to the satellite renderings on our smartphones. He explains how maps reflect the best and worst of what makes us human. His book On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks is full of fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and “pocket maps.”

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Simon Garfield
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Comments [1]

Fabio Carasi from Montclair, NJ

I read somewhere that Amerigo Vespucci was not an explorer/navigator but a map maker. He apparently drew maps of the New World and the maps became known as Americo's maps..... and from here the land was named after the maps. Is it plausible?

Feb. 25 2013 12:53 PM

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