Travel through the history of mapmaking and discover what big mistakes cartographers made about the world’s geography.
For thousands of years, people made both functional maps and what are known as cosmographies, illustrating the earth and its position in the cosmos, often including constellations, gods, and mythic locations. These maps were meant to depict the world’s geography, but weren’t necessarily useful for navigation and contained some glaring mistakes. Kayla Wolf shares mapmaking’s biggest blunders.
Lesson by Kayla Wolf, directed by Serin İnan, Kozmonot Animation Studio.
Tabula Rogeriana image from Konrad Miller: /KonradMiller
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