A Geography to My Destination – Maps

A map is a printed geography of a journey,  and a guide to the destination.

French 1600's Map of America

A map is the collaborative creative effort of artists, writers and craftsmen.

I like to study the map to find destinations and to admire the design and details that went into it, because a map is a specific picture, history of a location, city, state, etc, that was created during a specific time period.

“Maybe getting around in life was nothing but map-reading. A skill that required practice. A key to unlock where you wanted to go. A legend to show where you were.”  Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful    

A map is longitude, latitude, and art.  People have always used maps for guidance—before there were apps.

Mapmaking, known as cartography, has been around for over 14,000 years.

Fra Mauro Map

One of the earliest colorful, artistically rendered maps is the Fra Mauro Map.  The map was made around 1450 by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro.

Peutinger Map from the 4th Century, created by German Konrad Peutinger an adviser to the emperor of Austria, diagrams the roads of the Roman Empire.

Peutinger Map

The old maps are artistic and geographic depictions of a civilizations view of the world.

When I’m travelling; and I’ll rely on a map and app and instinct to reach my destination.  How about you?

 

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