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Map Exercise

History 101

Nabb Research Center Map Exercise
Spring 2018

This exercise is intended to introduce you to The Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. This quiet gem, here on the SU campus for the past 25 years, houses documents and artifacts relating to the Chesapeake region and the Eastern Shore in particular that date back to the 17th century.  Included in this treasure trove are maps from various eras which depict regions all over the world.  The expectation of this project is for you to acquaint yourself with maps in general and several quite specifically, and extract what information you can about what area was charted, the intentions of the cartographer, and what the map tells you about the values and world knowledge of the people at that time. This should acquaint you with various parts of the world as we “travel” this semester.

 This assignment is quite different from the other writing exercises you have in History 101. You will act as an investigator and historian to glean what information you can by observation and comparison with other maps to determine the purpose and resulting information imparted by the mapmaker.

 Please set aside one to two hours to visit the Nabb Research Center in the Academic Commons and, after signing in, review the map groups housed in the Reading Room.  Please select one region from the list below to analyze: 1) World, 2) Americas, 3) Europe, 4) Africa, or 5) India/Far East.  Spend some time initially merely taking in what you see on each map. 

Some aspects you may want to note in your analysis:

What is it entitled?

Is there a date given to place in time when it was created?

What language is used on it?

Is it framed in any way with images of fantastic creatures, natives, animals, astrologic themes, etc?

Is there a key?  A cartouche (what’s that?)?

Is there a compass rose?

Is it in color or black and white and does it make a difference?

Are places, rivers, seas, mountains, et al included and labeled?

Are there political, tribal, linguistic delineations?

Are there latitude or longitude (or some similar graphing) lines?

Does it attempt to endear or frighten the viewer?

Is it vague or specific regarding information for the traveler?

 These are suggestions but there are many other aspects that you may choose to take into consideration in comparing the maps you select.  You must pick the oldest map and the most recent map in your group to get a perspective of time.  In addition, choose 2-3 others to compare. Please analyze what you see and comment on the progress (or regression) that has been made in cartography over the centuries.

This exercise should be at least 4 pages type-written (Times New Roman, double-spaced, 12-point, 1” margins, in black ink, and stapled).  Proofread and edit your work – I will not grade a rough draft. You should not need to consult other sources but if you do, you must properly credit and cite the source and include why you include their wisdom.

 Please include a title page with your name, date, and the region of the world you selected your maps from.  At the end of your paper please include a Works Cited page listing the specific maps you used, as titled below in the map index.

 Please check the SU website for the Nabb Center (go through the Library portal) hours and rules.

 All work is expected to be solely that of the person submitting it. If you copy or collaborate, you will receive a failing grade for the paper and possibly for the course.

 This assignment is due in class on March 8, 2018. No late papers will be accepted. Please submit electronically a copy of your paper to Turnitin on MyClasses.

 

Map Exercise at Nabb Research Center

GROUP I: WORLD

Map

Map Number

Map Name

Producer

Date

1

-

World Map, Florence

Henricus Martellus (Henry Hammer)

1489

2

-

Voyages of Discovery

John Visscher

3

1400.033

The World in 1635

William Janszoon Blaeu

1635

4

1400.023

17th Century Global Map

N. Visscher

17th C.

5

1400.011

The World

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1988

GROUP II: AMERICAS

Map

Map Number

Map Name

Producer

Date

1

1400.032

The New World in 1570

1570

2

1410.023

The Pacific Ocean in 1589

1589

3

1400.031

The Western Hemisphere in 1626

John Speed

1626

4

1520.025

North America in 1650

Nicholas Sanson

1650

5

-

Indians of North America

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1972

6

1520.004

Where Did Columbus Discover America?

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1986

7

1400.008

The Americas

Nat. Geog. Soc.

2000

GROUP III: EUROPE

Map

Map Number

Map Name

Producer

Date

1

1480.003

Polonia Et Ungaria XX Nova Tabula

c. 1552

2

1400.015

Romani Imperii Imago

16th C.

3

1470.013

Map of Europe From the Mercator Hondius Atlas

1663

4

1470.015

Europe

1670

5

1470.002

Map of the Races of Europe

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1919

6

1470.012

Europe

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1969

GROUP IV: AFRICA

Map

Map Number

Map Name

Producer

Date

1

1430.009

Tabula Africa IIII

Ptolemy (?)

2

1400.015

The World

Nat.Geog. Soc.

1932

3

1430.004

Africa

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1943

4

1430.007

Peoples of Africa (side one)

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1971

5

1430.007

Heritage of Africa (side two - above)

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1971

6

1430.006

Africa

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1980

GROUP V: INDIA/FAR EAST

Map

Map Number

Map Name

Producer

Date

1

1420.005

India Intra

c. 1552

2

1420.006

Maps of India

J. Blaeu

1662

3

1410.014

India Ocean Floor

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1967

4

1420.007

Asia

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1971

5

1427.002

South Asia with Afghanistan/Burma

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1984

6

1427.001

South Asia with Afghanistan/Myanmar

Nat. Geog. Soc.

1997

 

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