Looking at Old Maps: The World Through the Eyes of Early Mapmakers (Series: Toolkit)
Geography | History | Social Studies
Questions and answers; Discovery and exploration; 1800-1899; Explorers; Frontier and pioneer life; Pictorial works
Grades 7, 8 | Grades 9-12 | Secondary I-V (Quebec) | Senior 1-4 (Manitoba)
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Old maps, especially those produced in the 16th and 17th centuries when cartography (mapmaking) in Europe was getting serious, are often filled with delightful images of the new continents. For modern-day viewers, some of these images are bizarre because mixed in with fairly realistic depictions of wildlife and scenes of Native life are sea monsters and other imaginary creatures. While this mixture of artwork may seem strange, it actually tells us a lot about the perceptions of early cartographers (mapmakers) who were learning about new lands beyond Europe's borders.
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