World maps have existed for hundreds of centuries. Many cartographers (map makers) believe that the practice of mapping began even before spoken language. The earliest map discovered is believed to have been drawn around 6000 BC. The earliest world map on record is believed to have been a product of the Babylonians in the 6th Century BC.
We are all aware of our ancestors’ belief that the world was flat. This notion is represented in the earliest world maps. Information for producing the maps was obtained from sailors and sea merchants; people of that time though you could literally fall off of the face of the Earth if you traveled too far. Compared to today’s standards, these ideas seem outlandish but we must give credit to our ancestors’ quest for knowledge and where it has led us.
During the 2nd Century AD, a geographer named Ptolemy created the first highly sophisticated world map. He was certainly a forward thinker who was convinced that the Earth was round, not flat. Although he was correct in this theory, he also believed the Sun revolved around the Earth. Despite this incorrect assumption, he is credited with being the first person to have represented the Earth as a circle mapped onto a flat surface.
Today, we have a much better understanding of the geological and geographical makeup of our world. This understanding accompanied by our advanced technology has made it much more simple to create detailed and highly accurate world maps. The Earth is a large planet filled with interesting places; a world map is a great way to explore the world from the comfort of your home.
An almost unlimited amount of world maps are available for our pleasure. Different maps undoubtedly contain different information; some more detailed than others and some with more interesting information. You can buy hard copies of world maps or you can view the information on the Internet.
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