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New Found Lands

Maps in the History of Exploration

By (author) Peter Whitfield
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st May 1998
Dimensions: w 220mm h 290mm
ISBN-10: 0712345574
ISBN-13: 9780712345576
Barcode No: 9780712345576
Synopsis
This work provides an intellectual context of exploration. The author asks, how did explorers and their patrons understand the expanding world and their place in it? What were they really seeking, and how did they believe they could achieve it? How did they balance the known and the unknown in their minds? Historical maps are important in answering these questions, and this book displays the geographical ideas of the explorers themselves, through the maps they used or the new maps which they caused to be made. The power that came with increasing technological and geographical knowledge is made plain by the European empires that grew out of conquest, annexation and exploitation. There are maps, which although they seem innacurate and imaginative, serve as reminders of the gaps in people's knowledge. Up until very recent times, as maps show, there have been areas of the world remaining to be explored and "new found lands" to discover.

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