by Jimmy Mengel
Mapmaking has been one of the single most important parts of civilization for over 8,000 years.
Aside from spoken language and the written word, maps have played the single most valuable role in our understanding of time and place. Maps have allowed us to draw political boundaries, record property, and explore the globe from sea to sea.
But the very first geological map in recorded history didn’t do any of those things…
This ancient map was created for one reason, and one reason only: to discover gold.