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Mapping for Money: Maps, Plans, and Topographic Paintings and Their Role in Dutch Overseas Expansion during the 16th and 17th Centuries

Zandvliet, Kees

Published by Batavian Lion International, 1998
ISBN 10: 9067074543 / ISBN 13: 9789067074544
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Title: Mapping for Money: Maps, Plans, and ...

Publisher: Batavian Lion International

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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328 pp., illustrations, bibliography, index. This study aims to give a better understanding of the role played by maps and mapmakers during the first century of Dutch overseas expansion and specifically to see how the Dutch companies organized the mapmaking function into their set of management tools. The departure point was an examination of the extent to which Dutch practices were influenced by developments in other countries, especially Portugal and Spain, but also England and Flanders. Maps and globes were important tools for successful overseas expansion and to represent that same expansion. The various types of maps enabled directors to make decisions about fortifications and town planning, enabled captains to sail their ships as quickly and safely as possible, and enabled governors to exploit agricultural areas. The specialists used their skills in a flexible yet rational way in order to support absolutist and military policies in combination with just government. In short, the Companies were mapping for money. A small part of the profits was used to construct geopolitical theaters in the board rooms; a much larger part was used to pay mathematic specialists in the Republic and overseas. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 9067074543AMA110613

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