Maps and Globes Are Our Business
MAPS AND GLOBES are our business because they represent man's home, the earth. On maps is recorded the geographic knowledge accumulated through the ages. As a region is discovered, it is named and its location is recorded on maps. Then, as exploration, surveys, and development take place, this knowledge is added.
The word map comes from the Latin word mappa which means a cover cloth or table cloth; thus a map gives a coverage for the earth or any part of it. Every blank spot or relatively empty space on a map challenges man's curiosity. Furthermore, young and old are fascinated by the variety of symbols on a map. One wonders what all the colors, dots, lines, and shadings represent. As Donald C. Peattie says:1
A map is the beginning of adventure. Travel and treasure hunts, wars and explorations, all open with its unrolling. Even in your armchair a map is a magic carpet, taking the mind in a flash just where you want to go.
Road maps are given freely these days, but once maps were closely guarded secrets, men who revealed them might be put to torture or