Its not plate tectonics or catastrophism or even the limits of human perception. The conspiracy theorists have a strong case that maps of the world have traditionally been drawn inaccurately so as to advance or support political agendas. Cartography provides a surprisingly dynamic way of viewing the world, from Orteliuss 1596 jigsaw puzzle approach in Thesaurus Geographicus to the precision directions of MapQuest. Displaying where were at is an art form unto itself, whether profit driven mapmakers intentionally skewed size and placement or not. Ponder these notions as you gaze at the works of the Miami International Map Fair at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Following the reception and dinner Friday night at the Radisson Hotel (1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), the event unfolds from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is ten bucks, but you must register to attend program events. Call 305-375-1492, or click www.historical museum.org.
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