During this semester, we talked more about the meanings of maps but we didn’t really talk about how cartographers made a map, what techniques did they use to draw and visualize it? I think it is unbelievable that they could draw a whole continent without being able to look to it from above. They probably traveled around the borders of the continent and then they drew what they saw, which will take forever. For me it would be hard to do that because there is nothing to tell you that you are correct or false, there was no technology to control it. I like to check if I was right when I am done with something. Especially the first cartographers, didn’t have anyone to rely on. What they drew was considered correct because they were the first ones to try it. There was no one who could tell them that the shape of Europe wasn’t like what they drew. I feel like it is the same with everything in life, when you are the first one to try something you can never be wrong because there is nothing to compare you to.
Right now, it is so much easier to be a cartographer because of the satellites. I can become a cartographer by drawing what I see on google maps. It would never be possible for me to become a cartographer when the first cartographers didn’t invented map making.