Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The U.S. States of Polypotamia and Pelisipia?

Being a lover of Geography, I also am infatuated with its sibling, Cartography. Two sites I've visited recently will thrill genealogists, geographers, historians, and curiosity-seekers.

The first is The Map Room: A Weblog about Maps. [Caution: there is another site called maproom.com--which is a tavern in Chicago--not the same!]. This is a great blog. Recent posts have described errors in online maps; 250 years of Pittsburgh maps; and how Google Earth is fomenting discord in the Middle East (according to Iran). The posts are strong and substantive, enlightening and entertaining. There are very good book reviews as well.

But don't miss the blog Strange Maps. This is terrific. Again, the posts give up nothing on the side of good science while being most interesting and entertaining. How about Hitler's map to re-organize South America? Or a place in Germany completely surrounded by Switzerland? And one of the strangest maps is Thomas Jefferson's 1784 proposal for ten new states carved out of the Northwest Territories.

3 comments:

Moultrie Creek said...

Thanks for the heads up. I, too, am a mapaholic and both of these blogs hit the spot.

Terry Thornton said...

CRAIG, Thanks for posting some absolutely delightful links --- all should take a read of the last one, Jefferson's proposal for naming ten new states. I think Morse's assessment of that episode is "right on" when he states the names offer ". . . a glimpse of that absurb element in Jefferson's mind. . ."

Most interesting. Thanks.
TERRY

Lisa said...

You might enjoy reading my recent post entitled
"Mazes, windings and turnings": a little digression on maps.

Glad to see that you share my love for maps! Hope you enjoy the other links I posted that you may not have seen before.

Lisa
Small-leaved Shamrock
A light that shines again
100 Years in America