New Found Lands
Maps in the History of Exploration
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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Exploration has always been a trademark of the human condition. From the earliest known history, man has sought to understand the limits of his world, often leading to war, conquest and greater knowledge. Few historical documents trace the political, military and social movements of nations better than early maps. Through meticulous research, Dr Whitfield has put together a fascinating history of the world from data revealed in some of our oldest - and most beautiful - maps. (Kirkus UK)