Maps

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-10-47-50-pm This map was published by Jodocus Hondius in 1625, as a world map. Hondius was a Flemish artist, engraver, and cartographer. I find this map to be distorted because it does not include Antarctica nor does it include Alaska, and if it does, it includes it lumped directly together with the United States and Canada. Also, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East are grouped together as almost one large continent, that was often referred to as “Eurasia”. South America also appears to be larger than it actually is, and New Zealand and Australia have been left off. This is most likely in part due to the knowledge and the discoveries of these lands had not yet been made. Map makers and those who studied maps had limited knowledge on the countries that made up the world and how large the actual land masses were. Of the maps located on the class page, I find the Mollweide Projection to be the most accurate, because not only does it illustrate the world as being an oval (globe) shape, it also includes the Antarctica, along with accurate depictions of the rest of the countries of the world.

This map can be found:

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