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CLIP 10346

How they mapped the world

How they mapped the world
Key Info
  • How they mapped the world
  • Duration: 04:02
  • This extract from the BBC series 'The Beauty of Maps' reveals how 'The Golden Compasses' printing house in Holland began a revolution in the production of maps and map collections. There is a visual example of how maps were printed in the 17th century and an explanation that this was also a reflection of Dutch ambitions at the time as empire builders, traders, explorers and adventurers. Expert explanation is offered by historian Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock. Discussion is provided on the map-maker Gerard Mercator, who, without his mixture of scientific accuracy, religious zeal and forward thinking, there would be no atlas. It was Mercator who first thought to map the continents with accuracy and to bind them into a single volume. This clip was first published on the 'The Beauty of Maps' website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    History Skills

  • Keywords: atlas, map, Golden Compasses, Holland, Netherlands, Gerrard Mercato, interpretation
Ideas for use in class
  • Lessons on Empire and national expansion from the 17th to the 19th century.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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