In an era where Google and other online maps rule, a passionate cadre of cartographers are struggling to keep the paper map from going the way of the handwritten letter. One paper map of Memphis highlights 137 points of interest related to Elvis.
“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at”, said Oscar Wilde...‘Utopia’ is a Greek neologism invented by the author of the eponymous satire, Thomas More, and can be translated as ‘Nowhere’. (Read more at http://bigthink.com)
The Western Hemisphere, by John Cary, 1799 This map shows the explorations of Captain Cook to Hawaii (or Sandwich Isles), and the borders of the United States, prior to the Louisiana Purchase, leading only to the Mississippi River. It rather optimistically shows Alaska and California (or New Albion) as territories belonging to the United Kingdom.