Wednesday August 23, 2017



From the Harvard map collection, for an exhibition on manuscript maps: "Where Pirates and cannibals meet: exploring Colonial Dutch Brazil".

The map used is a 1643 map of Paraiba in northeast Brazil. The Dutch had recently conquered the Brazilian northeast, ousting the Portuguese and were sending manuscript (hand drawn) maps back to Amsterdam.

This map is one in a series of 9 maps of this region, which in colonial times, was the economic powerhouse of Brazil, since it was where the sugarcane plantations were located.

In this map of ParaĆ­ba, we see the Dutch at the height of colonial control, and also in terrified retreat from a land that is still unknown to them no matter how diligently they seek to understand it.

(Source: International Cartographic Association)

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Monday August 14, 2017



The atlas for the end of the world audits the status of land use and urbanization in the most critically endangered bioregions on Earth.

First, it measures the quantity of protected area across the world's 36 biodiversity hotspots in comparison to the UN's 2020 targets.

Secondly, it identifies where future urban growth in these territories is on a collision course with endangered species.

(Source: Visualizing Data)

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Friday August 11, 2017



Mythical creatures and where to find them is the definitive atlas to all of the world's strangest creatures.

Whether you are a hunter of dragons, yeti, vampires or niki-nankas, then this is the map for you.

(Source: Google Maps Mania)

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