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Maps show us how to get from one place to another, but they have other stories to tell. By looking at a map, we can see which aspects of the world were most important to people in a particular time and place. The earliest maps from ancient Mesopotamia picture a small world made up only of neighboring kingdoms. During the Middle Ages, when Christianity was a powerful influence, maps often showed the location of the Garden of Eden and other places mentioned in the Bible. In a later period of trade and exploration, mapmakers produced sea charts based on compass readings to guide sailors as they navigated unknown seas. With the discovery of new lands and new peoples, the known world was transformed, and maps reveal the different stages of this great change.

Today, cartographers use computers, satellites, and other tools of modern science to map the most remote regions of the earth, create maps of the ocean floor, and even explore distant planets. This partnership between science and cartography has provided a broader perspective on our place in the universe. The world is much larger and more complicated than people of the past could ever have imagined.

Through a fascinating collection of colorful maps and an informative, engaging text, Mapping the World encourages readers to think about how views of the world have changed over time. After reading it, budding cartographers might even be inspired to create maps of their own.

Synopsis:

Maps show us how to get from one place to another, but they have other stories to tell. By looking at a map, we can see which aspects of the world were most important to people in a particular time and place. The earliest maps from ancient Mesopotamia picture a small world made up only of neighboring kingdoms. During the Middle Ages, when Christianity was a powerful influence, maps often showed the location of the Garden of Eden and other places mentioned in the Bible. In a later period of trade and exploration, mapmakers produced sea charts based on compass readings to guide sailors as they navigated unknown seas. With the discovery of new lands and new peoples, the known world was transformed, and maps reveal the different stages of this great change.

Today, cartographers use computers, satellites, and other tools of modern science to map the most remote regions of the earth, create maps of the ocean floor, and even explore distant planets. This partnership between science and cartography has provided a broader perspective on our place in the universe. The world is much larger and more complicated than people of the past could ever have imagined.

Through a fascinating collection of colorful maps and an informative, engaging text, Mapping the World encourages readers to think about how views of the world have changed over time. After reading it, budding cartographers might even be inspired to create maps of their own.

About the Author

Sylvia A. Johnson has had a long career as a writer of nonfiction for young people. Her books on scientific and historical subjects have received many awards. A recent title for Atheneum, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, and Beans: How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Around the World, was chosen as a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and was also named a 1998 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. It was while doing research for that book that Ms. Johnson saw some fascinating old maps, which led her to think about the role of maps in human history and to write Mapping the World.

In addition to her career as a writer, Sylvia A. Johnson also works as a freelance editor of books and educational materials for young people. She enjoys gardening and traveling, especially to warm climates during cold winters in Minnesota, where she makes her home. Ms. Johnson lives in Minneapolis in a gray-shingled house that she shares with a gray-striped cat named Smokey.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PICTURES OF THE WORLD

THE OLDEST WORLD MAP
Babylonian map on a clay tablet, around 500 B.C.

THE FIRST CARTOGRAPHER
World map based on the ideas of Ptolemy, around A.D. 150

A WORLD OF FAITH
T-O map created by Isidore of Seville, around A.D. 600
World map from a psalter, 1250

A MEDIEVAL ROAD MAP
Map of a pilgrimage route by Matthew Paris, around 1240

NAVIGATING THE SEAS
Portolan chart by Albini de Canepa, 1489

A MAP OF A NEW WORLD
World map by Juan de la Cosa, 15OO

THE NAMING OF AMERICA
Globe gores by Martin Waldseemüller, 1507
Ptolemaic map, 1511

A LAND OF CANNIBALS
Map of the New World by Sebastian Münster, 1544

THE FIRST ATLAS
World map by Abraham Ortelius, 1570

A WORLD IN TWO HEMISPHERES
World map by Henricus Hondius, 1633

MERCATOR'S PROJECTION
World map by John Melish, 1818

NEW EYES ON THE WORLD
Landsat map of the San Francisco Bay area, 1985

SECRETS OF THE OCEAN FLOOR
Map of Indian Ocean floor by Walter Smith and David Sandwell, 1997

MAPPING OTHER WORLDS
Map of Venus, 1982

ANYONE CAN BE A CARTOGRAPHER
GIS map showing U.S. population, 1998

BOOKS ABOUT MAPS/CREDITS

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689818134
Author:
Johnson, Sylvia A.
Publisher:
Atheneum
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Maps
Subject:
Picture books
Subject:
Picture books for children
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Science & Technology - Earth Sciences
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Reference
Subject:
History - Other
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
Geography, ancient
Subject:
Other
Subject:
Science & Nature - Earth Sciences
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 32
Publication Date:
19991001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.33x10.34x.45 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Synopsis" by , Maps show us how to get from one place to another, but they have other stories to tell. By looking at a map, we can see which aspects of the world were most important to people in a particular time and place. The earliest maps from ancient Mesopotamia picture a small world made up only of neighboring kingdoms. During the Middle Ages, when Christianity was a powerful influence, maps often showed the location of the Garden of Eden and other places mentioned in the Bible. In a later period of trade and exploration, mapmakers produced sea charts based on compass readings to guide sailors as they navigated unknown seas. With the discovery of new lands and new peoples, the known world was transformed, and maps reveal the different stages of this great change.

Today, cartographers use computers, satellites, and other tools of modern science to map the most remote regions of the earth, create maps of the ocean floor, and even explore distant planets. This partnership between science and cartography has provided a broader perspective on our place in the universe. The world is much larger and more complicated than people of the past could ever have imagined.

Through a fascinating collection of colorful maps and an informative, engaging text, Mapping the World encourages readers to think about how views of the world have changed over time. After reading it, budding cartographers might even be inspired to create maps of their own.

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