Maps for display and persuasion - The British Library
Nowadays maps tend to be regarded as utilitarian geographical aids for finding places and routes or for planning and administrative purposes. Most people generally seem to assume that the more geographically accurate they are, the better, and that they are objective and truthful representations of the world around us.
But maps have always been more than just practical aids. How can they give objective and true pictures of the world when their makers – unable to show reality on a 1 to 1 basis – have to choose what to put into them?