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The Mystery of Extraordinarily Accurate Medieval Maps

The Mystery of Extraordinarily Accurate Medieval Maps | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Beautifully detailed portolan charts present historians with a puzzle: How were they made? A mathematical analysis offers some clues.
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A Telephone Map of the United States Shows Where You Could Call Using Ma Bell in 1910

A Telephone Map of the United States Shows Where You Could Call Using Ma Bell in 1910 | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here.

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A history of the 20th century in 100 maps – in pictures

A history of the 20th century in 100 maps – in pictures | Cultural History | Scoop.it
From the opium trade routes of the 1900s to CND’s operations in the 1980s, maps reveal the political leylines of history – except when it comes to the holiday islands of San Serriffe, as a new British Library book reveals

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World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography

World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography | Cultural History | Scoop.it

"More Americans came into contact with maps during World War II than in any previous moment in American history. From the elaborate and innovative inserts in the National Geographic to the schematic and tactical pictures in newspapers, maps were everywhere. On September 1, 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland, and by the end of the day a map of Europe could not be bought anywhere in the United States. In fact, Rand McNally reported selling more maps and atlases of the European theaters in the first two weeks of September than in all the years since the armistice of 1918. Two years later, the attack on Pearl Harbor again sparked a demand for maps."


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 25, 2014 10:04 AM

Global interaction and maps. WWII. 

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Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, October 14, 2014 2:06 PM

Whenever there is war, Americans want maps.  They want to know about where conflict is, how far away from home it is, and why people are being sent to the places they are being sent.  With the new map ideas in World War II from Harrison maps were made to better display distance and direction to people.  He used different projections in areas.  He also drew maps from different places, for example what does Japan look like when you are in Siberia.  Transforming flat maps back to having some sort of global shape was exactly what we needed to get away from the old outdated unreliable style of maps.

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Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled

Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled | Cultural History | Scoop.it

"Unfortunately, most world political maps aren't telling you the whole story. The idea that the earth's land is cleanly divvied up into nation-states - one country for each of the world's peoples - is more an imaginative ideal than a reality. Read on to learn about five ways your map is lying to you about borders, territories, and even the roster of the world's countries."


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Sally Egan's curator insight, June 23, 2014 6:32 PM

Amazing stories on the World's changing Geopolitical status. Current stories about disputed borders, unrecognised territories and  newly declared nations.

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Nunca é "Toda a Verdade" ... 

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How US Would Look Today with Indigenous Tribes

How US Would Look Today with Indigenous Tribes | Cultural History | Scoop.it

You won't find this map in your U.S. history textbook, but it's a good illustration of where indigenous tribes prospered in pre-Columbian times. It  represents the way the "lower 48" would appear if current state territories mirrored the names of the indigenous groups who lived in the vicinity.

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The map that caused a century of trouble

The map that caused a century of trouble | Cultural History | Scoop.it

"A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 8, 2014 12:51 PM

Many of the geopolitical issues that confront the Middle East stem from the secret Sykes-Picot Treaty that divvied up the Ottoman Empire

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The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation

The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, the map shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That's 308,745,538 dots in all.

 

White: blue dots; African American: green dots; Asian: red; Latino: orange; all others: brown

Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: “The End of the Segregated Century.” U.S. cities, the authors concluded, were less segregated in 2012 than they had been at any point since 1910. But less segregated does not necessarily mean integrated–something this incredible map makes clear in vivd color.

The map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is stunningly comprehensive. Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, it shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all–around 7 GB of visual data. It isn’t the first map to show the country’s ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.


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Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 28, 2014 6:41 PM

We can use maps to think spatially,make connections, and find patterns. Maps can also be used as a way to compare change over time, as in this particular case where maps from the present were compared with maps from over fifty years ago when racial segregation was plainly obvious. Now, however, when we compare past maps with those of the present, the change over time factor becomes clearly evident, revealing why maps are so useful in determining continuities or changes.

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Portolan Charts 'Too Accurate' to be Medieval

Portolan Charts 'Too Accurate' to be Medieval | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Portolan charts, it was always assumed, were compiled by medieval European mapmakers from contemporary sources. A Dutch doctoral dissertation now disproves this: these nautical charts are impossibly accurate, not just for medieval Europe, also for other likely sources, the Byzantines and the Arabs ...

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This Scholar Created a Brilliant Interactive Map of Slave Rebellions - COLORLINES

This Scholar Created a Brilliant Interactive Map of Slave Rebellions - COLORLINES | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Dr. Vincent Brown, a professor of African and African-American History at Harvard, has made study of the transatlantic slave trade accessible in a new way.

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Oldest globe to depict the New World may have been discovered

Oldest globe to depict the New World may have been discovered | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The detailed globe, dated 1504, is engraved on two conjoined halves of ostrich eggs and warns of dragons.

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