Thursday, November 1, 2012

History of Map Making

CARTOGRAPHY- The art or technique of making maps or charts.

Did you know that this word is Greek, it derives from the word χάρτης (written in greek) -khartēs (sounds like), "map" (means); and γράφειν (greek) graphein (sounds like), "write"( means).  Everything in Greece is backwards so it basically means write map!
A Greek man by the name of Anaximander is considered by many to be the first mapmaker, a philosopher who lived between 610 - 546 BC.
A possible rendering of his map, libya is Africa's old name
 I personally love maps, and am so glad we have gone from thinking that the world is a flat circular surface with only a few places to travel, to seeing Earth from Space and all of the beautiful places out there.
"The Blue Marble"
A map on a main road in Corfu, Greece

Kalami, Corfu, Greece
 I especially find maps helpful while traveling and some places are great at telling you where you are, one such place is Corfu, a beautiful island in Greece.  Corfu is located on the west side of Mainland Greece and is a quick ferry ride (1 1/2 hours) from Igoumenitsa, or you could fly there direct from any number of large cities in Europe.
Just in case your lost, my son will show you the way.
Maps have gone a long way from being drawings on caves and I for one and happy to have the benefit of such a useful instrument.

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