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Cartography

Kate Wiles explores a unique nautical chart, designed to be understood only by its creator.

Kate Wiles provides context for the first European image of the Aztec capital, razed by the Spanish in 1521.

The rebuilding of London required an image of what had been lost. Kate Wiles shares one such survey from 1669.

Kate Wiles surveys one of the world's oldest surviving maps, prepared for a quarrying expedition led by Ramesses IV.

Kate Wiles introduces a map highlighting the diversity of indigenous tribes that was in danger of being lost.

A Japanese map produced during the Second World War encouraged children to follow the Empire's military effort, explains Kate Wiles.

A German map published in 1507 was the first to name the continent.

When in 1681 pirate Bartholomew Sharpe captured a Spanish ship and with it a detailed description of the west coast of the Americas, he gave English cartographers a field day and won himself an unexpected acquittal. James Kelly explains.