The Mapmakers of New Zion

The Mapmakers of New Zion

A Cartographic History of Mormonism

eBook - 2015
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Featuring over one hundred historical maps reproduced in full color—many never before published—The Mapmakers of New Zion sheds new light on Mormonism and takes readers on a fascinating journey through maps as both historical documents and touchstones of faith. 



From their earliest days on the American frontier through their growth into a worldwide church, the spatially expansive Mormons made maps to help them create idealized communities, migrate to and colonize large parts of the American West, visualize the stories in their sacred texts, and spread their message internationally through a well-organized missionary system. This book identifies many Mormon mapmakers who played an important but heretofore unsung role in charting the course of Latter-day Saint history. For Mormons, maps had and continue to have both practical and spiritual significance. In addition to using maps to help build their new Zion and to explore the Intermountain West, Latter-day Saint mapmakers used them to depict locations and events described in the Book of Mormon.

Featuring over one hundred historical maps reproduced in full color—many never before published—The Mapmakers of New Zion sheds new light on Mormonism and takes readers on a fascinating journey through maps as both historical documents and touchstones of faith. 




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This volume consists of a cartographic history of Mormonism, describing the function of maps and cartography in Mormonism. It describes maps and mapmaking in general, and their role in religion; Mormon identity and early maps of Mormon communities; the journey Westward and the role of cartography; mapmaking after the in the West; the career of James H. Martineau and how his maps helped the Mormons transform the West from wilderness into their home; and the role of maps in the Book of Mormon, Mormon origins, and Mormon expansion. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Salt Lake City :, The University of Utah Press,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781607814092
1607814099
1607814080
9781607814085
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 272 pages) : illustrations, maps (chiefly color)

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