France


France

France in 41 historical maps
1375-2010

 

Item: e-Atlas
Edition: 1st, 2016
Language: English
Pages: 128
Format: PDF
File size: 22 Mb 
Author: T-O-Maps

 

The name France refers to Land of the Franks. The name means "Land of the free People". The name may also be derived from the word frankon (spear), one of the weapons used by its warriors. On earlier maps the Latin name Gallia (Land of the Celts) or Gaul (Land of Foreigners) was used; during  the 17th century the name Francia came into use. In the oldest classical descriptions (e.g. Strabo, ca. 20BC) the name Celtica is used  to identify the region covering present-day France.  France was also described by Ptolemy in  his Geographia (150AD). The accompanying maps were worked out again by European cartographers at the end of the 15th century. Its coastline is depicted more accurate on the Portolan charts of the late middle ages, when the Mediterranean region was a centre for navigation and trade. The first printed separate maps of France appeared in the early 16th century.

 

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