By Jerry Brotton
A attention-grabbing examine twelve maps—from historical Greece to Google Earth—and how they replaced our world
during this masterful research, historian and cartography professional Jerry Brotton explores a dozen of history’s such a lot influential maps, from stone pill to shiny video display. beginning with Ptolemy, "father of contemporary geography,” and finishing with satellite tv for pc cartography, A heritage of the realm in 12 Maps brings maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe, and the Islamic and Buddhist worlds to lifestyles and divulges their impression on how we—literally—look at our current world.
As Brotton indicates, the lengthy highway to our current geographical truth was once rife with controversy, manipulation, and certain pursuits trumping technological know-how. throughout the centuries maps were wielded to advertise any variety of imperial, spiritual, and financial agendas, and feature represented the idiosyncratic and uneasy fusion of technological know-how and subjectivity. Brotton additionally conjures the worlds that produced those remarkable works of cartography and tells the tales of these who created, used, and misused them for his or her personal ends.
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Time represented the most important element in successfully conducting an insurgent campaign, as it could be used to compensate for deficiencies or weakness, and steadily drain an adversary’s resolve. Space offered freedom of maneuver and the ability to determine where, when, and whether to fight. If their adversaries appeared in overwhelming numbers, irregulars could simply withdraw and fight when the odds or chances were in their favor. As the British needed to defend large sections of South Carolina, inferior rebel militias compensated by massing to achieve localized tactical superiority and success.
To ensure security, he kept his plan to attack the following morning to himself. Although many of the Scotch-Irish in the Britton’s Neck region supported the rebellion, some had remained loyal to the Crown. Under Major Micajah Gainey (Ganey), a former member of the 2nd South Carolina, the Little Pee Dee Company and other Loyalists had been organized from the Catfish and Downing Creek areas in the colony’s northeast. Reinforced with elements of the 63rd Regiment and militia from Bladen County, just across the North Carolina border, Gainey intended to surprise his rebel adversary, and set off with a 45-man vanguard before dawn on September 4.
In response, Lieutenant-Colonel George Turnbull, commanding at Camden, wrote to Tarleton at Winnsboro on November 1, urging him to bring down his British Legion and eliminate the threat to Charleston’s logistics. Tarleton, just recovering from yellow fever, was eager to get back into action and, although he felt chasing partisans around was beneath him and his dragoons, he accepted the mission with Cornwallis’s approval. Marion learned of Tarleton’s movements and tried to surprise him, but the dragoon commander had laid his own trap at Woodyard Swamp.
A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton