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Cartographic Encounters: Indigenous Peoples and the Exploration of the New World

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Thereand#8217;s no excuse for getting lost these daysand#8212;satellite maps on our computers can chart our journey in detail and electronics on our car dashboards instruct us which way to turn. But there was a time when the varied landscape of North America was largely undocumented, and expeditions like that of Lewis and Clark set out to map its expanse. As John Rennie Short argues in Cartographic Encounters, that mapping of the New World was only possible due to a unique relationship between the indigenous inhabitants and the explorers.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In this vital reinterpretation of American history, Short describes how previous accounts of the mapping of the new world have largely ignored the fundamental role played by local, indigenous guides. The exchange of information that resulted from this and#8220;cartographic encounterand#8221; allowed the native Americans to draw upon their wide knowledge of the land in the hope of gaining a better position among the settlers.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; This account offers a radical new understanding of Western expansion and the mapping of the land and will be essential to scholars in cartography and American history.

About the Author

John Rennie Short is a professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Representing the Republic, Global Dimensions, Making Space, and The World through Maps, which was named by Discover as one of the best science books of 2003.

Table of Contents

Part One:and#160; Introduction
and#160;and#160; 1and#160;and#160; Creation Myths and Cartographic Encounters
and#160;and#160; 2and#160;and#160; Amerindian Mappings
and#160;
Part Two: Colonial Cartographies
and#160;and#160; 3and#160;and#160; Encounters in a Settled Land
and#160;and#160; 4and#160;and#160; Landing in a Strange Land
and#160;
Part Three: Imperial Cartographies
and#160;and#160; 5and#160;and#160; Surveying the West: Lewis and Clark...and Others
and#160;and#160; 6and#160;and#160; Expedition into the 'Desert'
and#160;and#160; 7and#160;and#160; Fremont and Tah-Kai-Buhl
and#160;and#160; 8and#160;and#160; 'Warren's Map'
and#160;and#160; 9and#160;and#160; Closing the Frontier in the West
and#160;
Part Four: Conclusions
and#160;and#160; 10and#160; Cartographic Encounters in Australia
and#160;and#160; 11and#160; Journey's End
and#160;
Appendix: Composite Journeys
and#160;
References
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861894366
Subtitle:
Indigenous Peoples and the Exploration of the New World
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Short, John Rennie
Author:
Short, John Rennie, Professor
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090715
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.4 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Engineering » Civil Engineering » Cartography
History and Social Science » Geography » Mapping and Cartography
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General

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