Maps: "Snapshots" of history

Most of us think of a map as a tool for getting from one place to another. But throughout history, mapmakers have had other priorities than providing a factual picture of the world.

Historian Jeremy Brotton comments, "A remarkable things about maps is people's resistance to the most basic fact of mapmaking - they can never be completely objective, accurate images of our world....But for most people who use maps in their everyday lives...the idea that maps are partial, selective images of the world is extremely unsettling."