Engaging Early American History through Mapping HIST 2391 - From Terra Incognita to Territories of Nation-States

HIST 2391 engages the rich cartographic record of colonial North America via an in-depth analysis of two dozen iconic maps. Integrating visual and textual analysis, students assess human representations of space across cultural boundaries, and explore change over time in the mapmaking practices of indigenous peoples and various European intruders. A key theme of the course is the study the evolving relationship between cartography and power, attending particularly to the process by which mapping promoted a revolutionary new understanding of American geography as composed of the bounded territories of nation-states.