Making Maps in Historical Perspective

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Making Maps in Historical Perspective Historical Beginnings As course material shifts from cognitive mapping into formal, professional cartography , it is important to recognize the significant role which the former played in the historical development of the latter . As was discussed in class, sea-faring explorers had no geographic benchmark from which to begin their drawings of the "New World." This resulted in the creation of maps based upon their perception (as from boats and coastal surveys) of the land which they were intending to explore and eventually conquer. Influencing their depictions were not only the technological limitations of the time but also their political motivations and imperial ambitions. Exemplary of this is the 1591 map of the Spanish Caribbean which was discussed in class; note the size of Cuba relative to Florida, the minimization of non-Spanish lands, and the lack of detail present on the land. Of course as time progressed, map-making became more professionalized with measures taken to account for scale and perspective (as evidenced by this 1747 map of the Northern Hemisphere
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