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Maps, Not Facts
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.