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

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Theres no excuse for getting lost these days—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.

            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 “cartographic encounter” allowed the native Americans to draw upon their wide knowledge of the land in the hope of gaining a better position among the settlers.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861894366
Author:
Short, John Rennie, Professor
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Short, John Rennie
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.4 x 6 in

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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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