Modern Maps | 9 Maps That Have Shaped The World

Modern Maps

With the advance of science and surveying, and the world thoroughly explored, came new, more detailed and accurate maps. Nineteenth and twentieth-century maps revealed all or nearly all the land on the planet and its oceans, and did away with the imaginative depiction of winds and currents, myths, lore and culture. The map as fiction gave way to the map as science. But maps continue to tell stories; they've moved on from myth and fiction to realism. Today's maps tell the stories of war and hunger, of racism and demographics, of drought and piracy, all of them stories locked into a single two-dimensional representation: A map.

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