By: F. Menetrier
Date: 1900 (circa) Paris
Original Size: 36.8 x 43.1 inches (93.4 x 109.4 cm)
This is a colorful and informative eye-catching reproduction of a renowned and rare poster by F. Menetrier dating to the year 1900. This incredible map shows shipping routes and sailing times to destinations in many places around the world. Transport had changed considerably following the Industrial Revolution, and this map illustrates the extent to which different modes of sea transport had effectively connected all the ports of the world, one to another, how the world had in effect been made smaller by this means.
This is also a sophisticated world map of its time, showing all countries and important cities, geographical and topographical features, along with the countless sea routes which started the trajectory which eventually became globalization. Over sixty figures of people in native costumes and a number of decorative vignettes further embellish the map.
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What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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