Aztec civilization map

'Map' Is An Exquisite Record Of The Miles — And The Millennia
February 18, 2020 – 10:13 am
Empire Aztec Civilization Map
  • This Aztec map was drawn in 1539 and shows the estate of Oztoticpac, in Texcoco.

    Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

  • This scroll map of China's Yellow River was made around 1750, and shows the river, its environs — and the local tea shops.

    Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

  • Author Henry David Thoreau copied this map of Canada in about 1850, from the work of 17th century explorer Samuel de Champlain.

    Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

  • Cartographer Mateus Prunes made this map of the Mediterranean in 1559.

    Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

The other day, a beautiful brick landed on my desk — a thick, fat, illustrated book, called Map: Exploring the World.

I used GPS and went about a mile from our studios, to meet one of the men behind this work, John Hessler, in his native habitat: Deep underground, in the Library of Congress's Madison Building.Author Henry David Thoreau copied this map of Canada in about 1850, from the work of 17th century explorer Samuel de Champlain. It's the largest map collection in the world — five and a half million maps live here, and Hessler is one of the mapkeepers. He wrote the guide to this new book, which covers 3500 years of maps.

The vault we're standing in is a city block long, entirely filled with drawers, shelves, and globes. "Anything cartographic resides in this room, " Hessler says. Ironically, it looks like it would be easy to get lost here — but, Hessler jokes, "we could give you a map to find your way out."

Hessler pulls out some ancient, beautiful maps from the collection at the Library of Congress; documents that show how people related the world over centuries and across continents, beginning with a 500-year-old map from what is now Mexico.

Source: www.npr.org
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