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The birth of the nautical chart in the late medieval period is seen as a watershed moment in the history of cartography. So far, however, the artisanal practices that permitted the proliferation of sea charts have remained poorly understood and little evidence has been recovered from extant...
In the context of the sparse documentary evidence for the important mid-eighteenth-century mapmaker John Rocque, this article looks to examine the nature and development of the Huguenot’s professional career through a closer consideration of a broader sampling of his output than has previously...
Based on archival research, this article analyses the publishing history of the map of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in the Petermanns Mitteilungen journal. Commissioned by the provincial government between 1836 and 1855, this map was drawn up by two German army officers who had emigrated to Brazil. In...
Tension between pro- and anti-slavery factions during the delineation and mapping of Kansas Territory in the 1850s, as Euro-American settlement moved west of the Mississippi River, permeated local politics and commerce. Despite the standardized surveying system employed by the U. S. General Land...
In 1905, Jacques Parlier, a former artillery captain in the French army, published the first of two Méthode(s) de cartographie, cartes à main levée et de mémoire tracés rapides to teach French students how to draw maps. Parlier had become convinced of the centrality of geographical knowledge to...
Colour on maps is a key component in their use and meaning. Hitherto, however, the terms by which the different categories of the purpose of colour are usually described tend to be inconsistent. The aim in this brief note is to discuss these terminologies and suggest a working definition for...
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