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By Richard W. Unger

Ships on maps within the 16th century have been indicators of eu conquest of the seas. Cartographers venerated the hot discovered dominion over the oceans through placing the main technically complex ships of the day in every single place oceans, estuaries, rivers, and lakes on all types of maps. Ships nearly by no means seemed on maps prior to 1375. The dramatic switch from medieval perform had roots in sensible difficulties but in addition in exploration and new geographical wisdom. Map makers produced attractive artistic endeavors and adorned them with the accomplishments which set Europeans except their classical earlier and from the entire different peoples of the area. Ships on Maps investigates how, lengthy well known yet little understood, the numerous ships great and small that got here to accessorize maps within the age whilst sailors started to sail all over the world have been a vital part of the data summarizing a brand new age.

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24 6 Ships on Maps The goal of the history of cartography is now to see beyond the obvious, to try to appreciate the whole function and purpose of graphic representations of the physical world. The history of maps is then not about progress or about an evolution in methods toward ever greater accuracy but rather a saga of ups and downs, of different directions taken, and of choices about what to include and what to exclude and about the reasons at any time for the choices map makers made. In some cases the goal was to show routes, in others to express images, and in many the goals were mixed with numerous influences at work.

The products of Christian cartographers took on new forms. The combination and integration of Christian thinking about space with classical mapping traditions created a limited number of different and, in many instances, novel types of maps up to and through the high Middle Ages. Modern authors have often condemned medieval maps for their failure to reflect accurately the physical attributes of the world. Those criticisms have Mapping before the Renaissance 21 been typically based on a misunderstanding of the purpose of early and high medieval cartography.

Since the source for Ptolemy’s book has not survived and since Marinus is only known from what Ptolemy reports it is impossible to establish how much Ptolemy repeated his predecessor. The Geography does not contain a map but rather information on how to make maps using measures of latitude and longitude. Indeed, one of Ptolemy’s accomplishments he thought was to make possible the recreation of a map simply from text which had nothing more than precise locations for various places. Instructions on the way to generate a projection and ways to establish position on the face of the earth are a small part of the work compared to the catalogue of 8,000 locations listed in Books 2 through 7.

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