(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1994)

Document title

Cartographic culture and nationalism in the early United States: Benjamin Vaughan and the choice for a prime meridian, 1811

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Vaughan (an Anglo-American merchant and politician) reacted to Lambert's nationalistic proposal (1809) for a prime meridian through Washington DC. He presented a more strictly rationalist and Enlightened viewpoint: there should be only one prime meridian (running through the Canaries) according to natural principles. Both viewpoints rested upon a common appreciation of a map's subliminal geometry. This conception has remained the basis for modern cartographic culture


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of historical geography / ISSN 0305-7488 / CODEN JHGEDP

Editor : Academic Press, London ; Academic Press, San Francisco, CA ; Academic Press, New York, NY - ROYAUME-UNI (1975)

Millesime : 1994, vol. 20, no4 [pp. 384-395]

Collation : Illustration ;



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