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Cartographies of Travel and Navigation

James R. Akerman


Finding one's way with a map is a relatively recent phenomenon. In premodern times, maps were used, if at all, mainly for planning journeys in advance, not for guiding travelers on the road. With the exception of navigational sea charts, the use of maps by travelers only became common in the modern era. Indeed, in the last two hundred years, maps have become the most ubiquitous and familiar genre of modern cartography. Examining the historical relationship between travelers, navigation, and maps, this book considers the cartographic response to the new modalities of modern travel brought about ... More

Keywords: maps, planning journeys, navigational sea charts, travelers, cartography, navigation, institutional developments, transportation systems, navigation tools, mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226010748
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226010786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James R. Akerman, editor