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Mapping and Imagination in the Great Basin: A Cartographic History

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The Great Basin was the last region of continental North America to be explored and mapped, and it remained largely a mystery to European Americans until well into the nineteenth century. In Mapping and Imagination in the Great Basin, geographer-historian Richard Francaviglia shows how the Great Basin's gradual emergence from its "large cartographic silence" both paralleled the development of the sciences of surveying, geology, hydrology, and cartography, and reflected the changing geopolitical aspirations of the European colonial powers and the United States. Francaviglia's compelling, wide-ranging discussion combines an explanation of the physical realities of the Great Basin with a cogent examination of the ways humans, from early Native Americans to nineteenth-century surveyors to twentieth-century highway and air travelers, have understood, defined, and organized this space, psychologically and through the medium of maps. This book explores the relationship between mapmakers from various cultures and nations--Spain, Mexico, France, England, and the Americas--and shows how their maps of the Great Basin reflected attitudes and beliefs about what lay in the interior American West. These maps run the gamut from the manuscript maps of early explorers to printed maps used to promote rail and air travel across the Great Basin, as well as satellite and computer-derived maps of the very recent past. Mapping and Imagination in the Great Basin will be irresistible to historians, geographers, lovers of maps, and anyone who thrills to the exploits of early Western explorers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780874176179
Author:
Francaviglia, Richard V.
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Atlases - General
Subject:
HIS036140
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Great Basin Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Great Basin Geography.
Subject:
Travel-Atlases
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 b/w photos, 79 maps
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10 x 7.1 x 0.7 in

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