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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 . . .

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Nice one! :)

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In support of an interesting idea, I ordered the "World" edition.

Just a note... They have not printed the World maps yet, and are out of stock on the Europe edition..
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Placename origins is one of my favorite topics. I've done a few Native American placename projects and so much of the work out there is incorrect - it was mis-interpreted by the first European and it stayed slanted ever since. A colleague and I discussed these maps in particular and I'll just paste his take:

"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.

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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.


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Wonderful!



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What a great find, thanks for posting!


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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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