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One hundred maps from the British Library’s collection tell the story of American history in this stunningly illustrated new book. Each map is a document of importance in its own right, and illustrated at generous size in full colour; but the maps are also a point of departure to discuss larger ideas and problems.
Susan Schulten, renowned historian of American cartography, uses maps that vary in scale, geography, approach, style, and theme to chart the development of North American society from the colonial period to the early 21st century. Some of the maps included here were highly influential, such as John Fremont’s maps of the Oregon Trail; others are less familiar but equally powerful, as for example a map of vice in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the Gilded Age.
All the examples are visually compelling and together they present a fascinating, sometimes provocative account of American history from the first chart of the terrain produced by the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia to the present day.
Author: Susan Schulten
Brand: British Library Publishing
Number of pages: 272 pages
Dimensions: 280 x 220mm