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In terms of political/social change, mass movement of people, et cetera, which historical maps (or modern maps) have had the greatest role in shaping the modern world? Can we come up with a top ten list of the most important and influential maps of all time? Erin



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A whole book has been written on this influential map:
The Map That Changed the World, by Simon Winchester

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Thanks for the link, Nick. Have you had a chance to read the book?



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How about the first maps to show America? As a matter of fact, the *first* map to show America, the Waldseemuller map, will be auctioned soon.
BBC News article

Another one that comes to mind (a series of maps rather than a single one) is the maps produced by the Allies in preparation for the Normandy invasion.

Do you think the London Underground map would count? It's probabely the most recognizable map ever made.
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Thanks for the link, Nick. Have you had a chance to read the book?

Not yet, but I am working on the maps for his new book ;)

Do you think the London Underground map would count? It's probabely the most recognizable map ever made.


Absolutely. Again the topic of a whole book: Mr. Beck's Underground Map by Ken Garland

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