Anthropomorphic maps

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The Man of Commerce, 1889, Rand McNally and Company

Anthropomorphic maps are maps that use anthropomorphic images. Anthropomorphic maps date back to when Sebastian Münster used a queen to depict Europe in 1570.[1] The map, The Man of Commerce, by Augustus F. McKay is the earliest anthropomorphic map known of in the United States, created in 1889, however, Indigenous communities have been historically depicting land and landmarks as humanized figures.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "The Man of Commerce". World Digital Library. 1889. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  2. ^ Cohen, Israel. "Anthropomorphic Maps". Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved 28 July 2013.