Atlas of True Names
Posted 23 November 2008 - 09:04 PM
This seems rather interesting. A few more informative articles available online here and here.
The names are interesting but the maps seemed to be a little generalized . . . .
Somehow, Bogart saying "We'll always have the City of Boatmen" just doesn't have the same ring to it . . .
Posted 25 November 2008 - 08:50 AM
Just a note... They have not printed the World maps yet, and are out of stock on the Europe edition..
g r e g @ c a r t o g r a p h i c d e s i g n . c o m
Posted 30 November 2008 - 06:20 PM
"Chicago? “Stink Onion,” after a Native American term for the smell of rotting marshland onions."
<<Wrong I'm pretty sure - at least in the pejorative sense it's being used. Chigagou - "Wild Garlic Place" - pungent maybe, but yummy, and certainly not rotting. Potawatomi word (and land), yes? I thinks I smells some Eurocentric bias and maybe some slapdash scholarship too. A lot of those names seem rather dubious to me. >>
I'm happy to see these maps get published and catch the publics attention, but it's frustrating because so often the content is not truthful, and that only serves to make a mess of things.
mike [at] purplelizard.com
Posted 01 July 2013 - 05:51 PM
The cartographers behind the Atlas of True Names recently published their map of the United States. The idea behind these maps is definitely original and I really like the clear labels, soft colors, and nice relief shading. There's a zoomable version in this brief Slate article.
World Sites Atlas
Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:36 AM
Posted 16 August 2013 - 09:07 AM
I did purchase the map of Canada from these guys and I was a little disappointed for a couple of reasons: 1) the map was smaller than I had anticipated (18 inches x 24 inches or so - not very big when considering the size of the country); 2) I found some of the text hard to read, both on the map side and on the reverse side which provides a bit of an explanation as to the meaning of the names; and 3) Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, was officially renamed in 2009 and means something completely different than "Queen Freewoman Islands." Nevertheless, it makes for an interesting read.
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