8 Stunning Maps That Changed Cartography
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Still, all maps serve as some alternate form of world history. Like art, they use visuals to reveal truths about a particular time and place. Maps can act like a memory frozen in time, as seen in John Auldjo’s map of Mount Vesuvius eruptions. They can highlight the issues of the day or chart the trajectory of human exploration and advancement.
Without words, they can convey what people were concerned, curious or excited about, even if it’s something as mundane as the aromas found across Glasgow. At their core maps are, as Hessler puts it, cultural artifacts. “They tell us an awful lot about the time they were produced,” he says. “That’s their power.”