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Early Sailing Charts

in Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226534312
eISBN:
9780226534329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226534329.003.0002
Subject:
History, World Modern History

Portolan charts taught mariners to rely on sailing charts and also left a legacy of geographic detail for later mapmakers. In their handbook of cartographic innovations, map historians Helen Wallis ... More


Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: A Social History of the Mercator Projection

Mark Monmonier

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226534312
eISBN:
9780226534329
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226534329.001.0001
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This book offers an account of the controversies surrounding Flemish cartographer Gerard Mercator's legacy, first taking us back to 1569, when Mercator announced a clever method of portraying the ... More


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