Friday, June 21, 2013

Land of the Rebellious One

According to the Atlas of True Names, that's the name of the state I live in, Maryland.  The Atlas is a really cool map of America (cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust have made similar maps of Canada, England, and other locations as well) based on
the etymological origins and translations of familiar place names whose original meanings we've mostly forgotten. Looking at it, you'd think North America was some sort of fantasy novel.
Here is a small version of a larger, interactive map that you really should go visit and play around with at io9:

Find your state, see names in England and Europe, and if you're really psyched, buy a copy of the map at the link above.