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A Tale from the Map Vault: There is More to Maps than Meets the Eye

Test Yourself: Can You Spot the Lies?


Figure 7.
This map was distributed throughout Canada by General Motors of Canada dealers, during the Second World War.

Figure 8.
This map was published in the 1920's by Canadian National Railways and was part of a tourist brochure promoting the railway's mountain and coastal tours.

Figure 9.
The Jewish National Fund of Canada published this map as a public service during the 1973-74 Arab-Israeli conflict.

Figure 10.
This wall map was created by George R. Parkin, a widely recognized promoter of a united British Empire, and was published by the famous Edinburgh-based John G. Bartholomew in 1893.

Figure 11.
The United Empire Trade League, a British lobby group interested in promoting trade within the Empire, published this map in 1906.

Figure 12.
The map was published in 1755 by a British-based group calling itself "the Society of Anti-Gallicans." The year following the map's publication would see France, Austria, Saxony, Sweden, and Russia aligned against Prussia, Hanover, and Great Britain in the last major conflict before the French Revolution to involve all the great powers of Europe. History would remember the conflict as the Seven Year's War (1756-63), or the French and Indian War. Part of the conflict moved to North America and was settled on the Plains of Abraham in present-day Québec City.