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Early American Cartographies

Martin Bruckner


Maps were at the heart of cultural life in the Americas from before colonization to the formation of modern nation-states. The fourteen chapters in this book examine indigenous and European peoples' creation and use of maps to better represent and understand the world they inhabited. Drawing from both current historical interpretations and new interdisciplinary perspectives, this collection provides diverse approaches to understanding the multilayered exchanges that went into creating cartographic knowledge in and about the Americas. The introduction provides a critical assessment of the conce ... More

Keywords: maps, cultural life, early Americas, colonization, cartographic knowledge, cartography, historiography of maps, indigenous conceptualizations, star charts, spatial relations

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834695
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807838723_bruckner


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Bruckner, editor

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