Cartography and cartographer

DEFINITION

Cartography is the making of maps, and a cartographer is a person who makes maps. In ancient times, maps were often decorated with fanciful beasts and monsters instead of accurate details about places. French mapmakers of the 1700s and 1800s encouraged the use of more scientific methods in the art they called "cartographie." The French word "cartographie" was created from "carte," meaning "card" or "map," and "-graphie," meaning "writing." For examples of cartographic images, see map.(pr. kahr-TAHG-rə-fee and kar-TAHG-rə-fər)Also see interdisciplinary and science and art.

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