National Library of Australia
At first glance Australian historical maps tell stories of exploration and land development, but what happens when we take a look from another perspective? What other stories can we find if we decolonise historical maps?
The map above is probably the most detailed map of Medieval Trade Routes in Europe, Asia and Africa in the 11th and 12th centuries you can find online. It includes major and minor locations, major and minor routes, sea routes, canals and roads.
OpenStreetMap volunteers around the world do an incredible job in building, maintaining and improving one of the most detailed and accurate maps of the world. North Korea is perhaps one of the most difficult areas of the world to map. The extreme secrecy of the North Korean state also means that it is difficult to map North Korea from elsewhere in the world using remote imagery. Despite this North Korea is surprisingly well mapped on OpenStreetMap.
Geoscience Australia has produced an interactive story map illustrating the history of aerial photography.
At first glance, Antonio Herrera y Tordesillas’s map of North America inflicts the viewer with a kind of temporal vertigo — somehow it seems both too ancient and too modern to have been published when it was, in 1622.
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