This is a collection of “persuasive” cartography: maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs — to send a message — rather than to communicate geographic information. The collection reflects a variety of persuasive tools: allegorical, satirical and pictorial mapping; selective inclusion or exclusion; unusual use of projections, color, graphics and text; and intentional deception. Maps in the collection address a wide range of messages: religious, political, military, commercial, moral and social. Images and descriptions of some 300 maps from the collection are available here at this time, and we hope to add more soon.
Learn more about persuasive cartography and the collection