An audiovisual presentation on the book Mapping India. Dr. Manosi Lahiri

Time:05:30 pm

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Date:16 October 2012
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Author and professional geographer, Manosi Lahiri, writes about the early maps of Hindustan in her new book on the history of cartography, Mapping India. She traces the first maps of Hindustan, based on the accounts of overland travellers and explorers. When the sea route from the West to India was discovered in 1498, Europeans arrived by the ocean route. As the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British traders gained foothold along the coasts of Hindustan, their sailors mapped the coasts of the country. Later, when the British East India Company established itself in Bengal, it made the first survey maps of the country. As they progressed inland in the nineteenth century, extensive topographic surveys were undertaken to ensure correct measurement of the land. The maps made were used to draw boundaries of occupied territories and document strategic military information. The audience will see many of these maps during the presentation on 17 October 2012.

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