Exploring and Mapping the World

From ancient flat-earth models to modern high-definition satellite images of the planet, all civilizations have explored and modeled their idea of the world. Humans throughout history have sought to understand their spatial environment, from Aboriginal Australians to the ancient Greeks, through the European Age of Exploration up to modern space voyages. Become familiar with the art, science, and evolution of cartography as we evaluate more than 40 of the most influential and unique maps in human history. Great Courses videos will illuminate the drama of exploration, and we will see what history's most epic adventures meant for the collective understanding of the earth and sky across time. We will delve into the motivations behind human exploration such as greed, curiosity, faith, fame, and power. And we will have fun expanding our modern geography knowledge with geographic anomalies, trivia, and a custom-made Geo-Bingo game.

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