Fun facts about Maps and Atlases

Maps and Atlases

Cartography, the workmanship, and study of mapmaking started before the invention of writing map making keeps on being principal to a comprehension of the phenomena it represents graphically. Some interesting fun facts about maps and atlases are listed below.

Maps and Atlases


In early days, Mapmakers included fake towns to detect forgers. Papertowns are fake places added to the maps by cartographers to provoke forgers to copy them, resulting in exposing themselves to charges of copyright violation. Agloe, NY was a town faked by cartographers, but it ended up as an actual landmark.

Google’s paper town:

Argleton, England was a paper town created by Google. Argleton likewise showed up in various postings for things, for example, real estate and letting operators, work organizations and climate, surprisingly, all these were real. It was some other place in the same postcode district.

The first roadmap:

The Turin Papyrus Map is considered to be the first roadmap. The Turin Papyrus map is an ancient Egyptian map. The map was collected by Bernardino Drovetti. The map is now preserved in Turin’s Museo Egidio, an archaeological museum in Italy.

The RudimentumNovitiorum:

The RudimentumNovitiorum is the first printed modern map. It was assigned the purpose to serve as a textbook and scholarly material for young scholars and clerics. It is a fascinating encyclopedia organized on medieval Christian theology.

America was named after a cartographer:

The naming of America happened soon after it was discovered by Columbus in 1492. The name was derived from Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian cartographer. Amerigo Vespucci is the first cartographer to demonstrate that Brazil and West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirt.

A Cholera outbreak was stopped using maps:

In the mid-19th century, there was a cholera outbreak in London. A man named Jon Snow made a map of cholera cases and came to a conclusion a specific public water pump caused the outbreak and able to stop the spread immediately.

The Playing-card Map:

During the World War II, a playing card company helped the soldiers of America and Britain by creating a pack of playing cards with multiple layers. If soldiers were being held captive, they could soak the card in water, which discloses a map which would help them escape.

The world’s best map collection:

Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris is the National Library of France and also the National Repository of all that is published in France. Bibliotheque Nationale de France has the world’s best map collection.


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