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Mapping and imagination in the Great Basin : a cartographic history

Author: Richard V Francaviglia
Publisher: Reno, Nev. : University of Nevada Press, ©2005.
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"The Great Basin was the last region of continental North America to be explored and mapped, and it remained largely a mystery to European Americans until well into the nineteenth century. In Mapping and Imagination in the Great Basin, geographer-historian Richard Francaviglia shows how the Great Basin gradually emerged from its "cartographic silence" as terra incognita and how this fascinating process both  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard V Francaviglia
ISBN: 0874176093 9780874176094 0874176174 9780874176179
OCLC Number: 56733528
Description: xviii, 231 pages : illustrations maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Comprehending the Great Basin --
The power of terra incognita --
Maps and early spanish exploration --
In the path of westward expansion (1795-1825) --
Demystifying terra incognita (1825-1850) --
Maps in the sand (1850-1865) --
Filling in the blanks (1865-1900) --
Maps of the modern/postmodern Great Basin (1900-2005) --
Comprehending cartographic change.
Responsibility: Richard V. Francaviglia.
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A study of how the Great Basin's gradual emergence from its "large cartographic silence" both paralleled the development of the sciences of surveying, geology, hydrology, and cartography, and  Read more...

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