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The Greatest Maps in History, Collected in One Fantastic Book

In 1815, the former coal miner and self-taught surveyor William Smith made the first geologic map. It was the beginning of using maps as scientific, as opposed to descriptive or navigational, tools.

The Greatest Maps in History, Collected in One Fantastic Book

The Greatest Maps in History, Collected in One Fantastic Book | Petrus Plancius' map to the riches of the Moluccas was the first successful attempt to convince mariners that the Mercator projection was a useful navigational tool. The State Library of New South Wales | WIRED.com

Vintage Northumberland COAL MINING map, 1890 United Kingdom Britain England uk map

Illuminated Manuscript Map of Cairo, from Book on Navigation, Walters Ms. W.658, fol. 305b by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

General and regional map of that portion of the New River and Kanawha coal fields lying between the New, Kanawha and Guyandot Rivers