The Map Makers

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A map is more than a geographical representation of a place. It is an image that mirrors a society’s political, religious and cultural vision of itself. This three-part series tells the story of maps and their defining role in some of history’s most pivotal moments.

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The Mercator Atlas (1572)

The Mercator Atlas (1572)

This episode of The Map Makers delves into the world of espionage at a time when map making and spying went hand in hand, and reveals how Gerard Mercator, the most famous map maker who ever lived, became caught up in a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I.

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