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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Atlas Selection

In choosing one most important map for information professionals to understand, I got decreasingly practical and chose the map on page 4 showing native-held lands and trade corridors of the 1760s. It seems to be a snapshot of this era of shift--12,000 years of native habitation giving way to European influence (first their economic reach, later their settlement). Perhaps less important than the information contained in this map is the perspective it imparts: with the accompanying text, it shows that Wisconsin and its surroundings, until quite recently, were very different places.

1 Comments:

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Leah said...

That might be a very practical selection in a special library. It was hard to pick "one best map" because there are so many different patron bases that different libraries must address. I would guess that there are all sorts of geologists, agriculture researchers, etc, who would learn a lot from a map like this.

 

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