It’s hard to imagine a time when people didn’t need maps. However, you don’t have to go too far back to find a time when most of the world was localized. People were born, lived their lives, and died with a small radius, maybe only a few miles for a village. They grew up learning the terrain and the geographical relationships between places and never needed to map it out because anywhere they wanted to go was already ingrained in their minds and bodies. Not so in much of the 21st century world. Most modern cities are so large and complex that more and more people rely on GPS, a form of digital map , just to get from one place to another in daily life.
It’s actually quite difficult to go a day in contemporary Western society without encountering a plethora of maps. Open a newspaper, or check any … Read the restcontinue reading