Everything a Map Can Be

I really enjoyed reading about this episode in Henry David Thoreau’s career as a surveyor, in which he was hired to map a river in his home town to settle a water usage dispute, but turned in a map that showed so much more than just territory: it showed the life lived along its banks. Everything this radical kind of mapping entails goes beyond this river, providing stark contrast against the settlement patterns of American history, and the way we map the world today.

– via Places Journal