Did you know that the Soviet Union published false maps? They deliberately drew the maps with missing or incorrectly
placed towns, rivers, and roads. It was the country's hope that security would be increased by taking these measures but it
actually confused people and made the country less efficient.
you know that a Portolan is a hand-drawn nautical chart from the 15th to 16 centuries?
do not put a date on their maps in order to keep them from seeming outdated and so it can be difficult to find the exact age
of a map. One of the ways that the age can be determined is by comparing the map to a geographical dictionary and looking
up the dates that a place existed.
Did you know that the first jigsaw
puzzle was actually a map? It was invented by an Englishmen by the name of John Spilsbury in 1767. He pasted a map of the
world onto a piece of wood and then cut it up into different shapes!
used Spilsbury's map-puzzles in their classrooms to teach students about geography.
is a photo of the original puzzle.