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The art of Cartography

How to read maps, when were they invented, why are they so useful?
The Compass Rose, Cool Facts.
The art of Cartography

Some beautiful maps showing the grace and detail that comes with being hand drawn. 

This is not a special map but it sure is lovely! 


This is one of the first maps of South America. Look at the attention to detail... 


This map was made in 1512 by Georgio Calapodu. It is a Florentine Goldsmith's Map. Note the size and shapes of the continent, especially North America!


This is an extremely detailed map of Madagascar that was made by the pirates of the area. 


This is a map that was made in 1812 in Paris. I thought that it was a beautifully accurate map that includes madagascar and many of the small coastal details.