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10-28-2008, 07:52 PM
Hello! Do you know the definition of cartography? Or,if any ancestor said about it?

10-28-2008, 08:02 PM
Cartography is the graphical study and creation of charts. Charts being the early name for maps - this is the base definition.


10-28-2008, 09:51 PM
From etymology online:

cartography 1859, from Fr. cartographie, from M.L. carta (see card (n.)) + Fr. -graphie, from Gk. -graphein "to write, to draw."

card (n.) 1401, from M.Fr. carte, from L. charta "leaf of paper, tablet," from Gk. khartes "layer of papyrus," probably from Egyptian. Form infl. after 14c. by It. carta (see chart).

chart 1571, "map for the use of navigators," from M.Fr. charte "card, map," from L. charta (see card (n.)). The verb is from 1851. The M.Fr. form originally served for all senses in Eng., but after 14c. It. carta supplanted it for "playing card," etc.; while from 16c. Fr. charte became the accepted term for "map."

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10-30-2008, 12:29 PM
Thanks a lot!:)

10-30-2008, 12:37 PM
welcome to the guild.

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