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Maps provide a visual representation of the space that surrounds us, revealing how streets, towns, cities, states and countries developed physical boundaries. Plotting change over time through maps allows people to study and reflect on the environment leading to a better understanding of spatial reality. Just like any other primary source, maps are a creation of their social and cultural context conveying certain details while omitting others.
Bryant, Brooks, "A Cartographic History of Huntington, West Virginia, 1871-1903" (2016). Manuscripts. 7.