Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

We live in a culture saturated with maps, which can be made instantly to represent virtually any type of data. Technology makes this possible, but our contemporary use of maps is rooted in a fundamental shift that took place well over a century ago. Beginning in the nineteenth century Americans began to use maps not just to identify locations and represent the landscape, but also organize, display, and analyze information.