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Mapping in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region [Hardcover]

David I. Macleod

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15 Dec 2007
Why do people make maps? And what do they hope their maps will accomplish? This informative book assembles leading scholars in the history of cartography to address these questions for the complex of peninsulas and freshwater seas that lie at the heart of the North American continent. In their answers, contributors shine light on their subject in ways that will illuminate it for fellow scholars, as well as for general readers who are interested in maps and mapmaking. As these essays confirm, the history of mapping this region reveals the story of how Europeans appropriated and settled these lands, of social and political negotiations and conflicts, of promoters' varied schemes, and of Americans' growing awareness of this region's complicated mixture of lands and waters. The volume is copiously illustrated with reproductions of historic maps spanning four centuries.Following a comparative introduction by the noted cartographic historian David Buisseret, twelve chapters tell more particular stories. Often these narratives extend well beyond the limits of today's state of Michigan. Native American mapmakers sought to give directions and convey cosmological meanings and political relationships; only gradually did they adopt the geometric framing and uniformity of European maps, which reflected a different set of cultural attitudes. Would-be colonial governors mapped to promote their dreams. Boundary commissioners surveyed and mapped to settle contested claims and lay the foundations for peace along the U.S.-Canadian border. On the Canadian side, surveyors drew maps to build up the new British colony against American influences and encroachments. Map-makers were also ambitious entrepreneurs, peddling illustrated county atlases to proud farm owners, bird's-eye views to show off towns, and plat and insurance maps to aid property development.In describing how people produced and used maps, contributors tell a larger story of one region's peoples and cultures - and of a nation's zeal for exploration.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press (15 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870138073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870138072
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 29 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,625,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David I. Macleod is Professor of History at Central Michigan University. He is the author of Building Character in the American Boy: The Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Their Forerunners, 1870-1920 and serves as Editor of the Michigan Historical Review.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal work of meticulous and articulate scholarship 2 Dec 2007
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Expertly compiled and deftly edited by David I. Macleod (Professor of History, Central Michigan University), "Mapping In Michigan & The Great Lakes Region" is a compilation of twelve studies that, taken together, illustrated the many different configurations taken by geographical, urban, and property maps of and around the Great Lakes and the state of Michigan, including changes within a single region. The sixteen learned and expert contributors reveal the history of the area's cartography and deal with such specifics as the peninsulas and freshwater seas, the history mapping this region, how the Europeans appropriated and settled these lands, social and political negotiations and conflicts, and more. Profusely illustrated throughout with reproductions of historic maps from the beginnings of regional exploration down to the present day, ""Mapping In Michigan & The Great Lakes Region" is a seminal work of meticulous and articulate scholarship which is very strongly recommended for academic library American History reference collections, as well as a personal library acquisition selection for cartography enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 7 Jan 2008
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This is beautiful book. It is well researched and the information is presented thoughtfully. The quality of the printing, binding and map reproduction is excellent. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the Great Lakes Region and it's history. I highly recommend it.
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