Maps And Its Impact On The Borders, Conflicts Over Territories, Citizens And Resources

1587 Words Jan 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Maps are vital geopolitical tool that represents the borders, conflicts over territories, citizens and resources. In fact maps are social constructions that are linked to politics; the viewers of maps can change its implications as they add many different factors throughout experiences and geographical knowledge as this maybe a representation of the world to them. However it can be considered that maps can be more then representations of the legitimacy of nations, it can create geographical understanding, political agendas and social stereotypes.
The ‘’Africae novo’’ map founded in the early 1630’s by the Dutch cartographer Willem Blaeu. Many of Willem Blaeu’s work were linked to creating of instruments, a globe making and engraving. Like many cartographers around that era, he wasn’t an explorer and his illustration of his map relied heavily from the stories from explorers, merchantmen, traders and travellers. Without a doubt as a rudimentary template earlier versions of the maps were used in order to aid him creating this one. The map itself is an extraordinary piece of geopolitical tool as well as a masterpiece of art within the world of cartography as it has survived in numerous copies. This map allows us to contemplate through the analysis of one historical map. With this map it comes with the details of the creator unlike others which are usually mysterious.
By inspecting and analysing this Dutch map of Africa it can be immediately understood that this map wasn’t…
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