What do we use maps for? • How important are maps today? • How important were maps 2000 years ago?
Mental maps How are they made?
How reliable are they? • The maker’s bias • Are they even useful? (example) • Issues with maps and traveling
Changing the map • How did maps change? • Besides travel, what else could influence a map?
Maps c.6th century A.D. • Education and ability affect accuracy
Religion • T and O maps • C. 13th century
What influences development? • Purpose • Education, curiosity, and trade (money) • C. 14th century
The Age of exploration • State competition • State sponsored cartography becomes huge • Accurate maps = competitive edge in the race • Accurate maps = more money