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New World, Old Maps is a rotating display of works from a historic map collection of more than 200 donated by Dr Dallas Pratt, co-founder of the American Museum in Britain. History and cartography buffs will enjoy the Renaissance maps made from the 15th to 17th centuries by European cartographers who learned from the navigators who had ventured forth across the Atlantic in search of treasure like pearls, gold, and spices. Whereas medieval maps illustrated theology rather than geography, the Renaissance maps provided exact measurements of land masses so New World territories could be claimed, plundered and ruled by the Old World conquerors. The collection on exhibition is acclaimed by scholars as one of the finest holdings of printed world maps in existence.
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Phone: 01225 460503
Where: American Museum in Britain
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