Maps, Not Facts

Just the maps, ma'am.
December 30, 2018, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Mimi Kirk shares a collection of historic maps notable more for their intent to persuade, rather than to impart any representation of fact or reality.

PJ Mode has collected 800 of these so-called "persuasive maps" in a digital library hosted by Cornell University. Kirk describes the collection:

Mode has sorted them into themes, from imperialism to religion to slavery, many with meticulous notes about their history and meaning. One of the oldest, from a 1506 Italian manuscript, gives an overview of hell, while more recent acquisitions include a facetious 2012 New Yorker cover of the Second Avenue subway line.

The pictures to prove the existence of the library, at least, are included in the article.

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Published on Thursday, December 27, 2018 in CityLab
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