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New Found Lands: Maps in the History of Exploration By Peter Whitfield

New Found Lands: Maps in the History of Exploration
by Peter Whitfield

How did explorers understand the expanding world and their place in it? What were they really seeking? 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.
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New Found Lands: Maps in the History of Exploration Summary


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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Sku
GOR001036939
Title
New Found Lands: Maps in the History of Exploration
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
British Library Publishing
Year published
Number of pages
128
ISBN 10
0712345574
ISBN 13
9780712345576
Prizes
N/A
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