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Class VII - Our Pasts-II

Class VII - Our Pasts-II

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Latest NCERT Class VII - Our Pasts-II, with all the chapters combined into one document unlike available on the official site of NCERT.
Latest NCERT Class VII - Our Pasts-II, with all the chapters combined into one document unlike available on the official site of NCERT.

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ake a look at Maps 1 and 2. Map 1 was made in1154
. by the Arab geographer al-Idrisi. Thesection reproduced here is a detail of the Indiansubcontinent from his larger map of the world. Map 2 was made in the 1720s by a Frenchcartographer cartographer cartographer cartographer cartographer. Thetwo maps are quite different even though they are of the same area. In al-Idrisi’s map, south India is where we would expect to find north India and Sri Lanka isthe island at the top. Place-names are marked in Arabic,
Cartographer Cartographer Cartographer Cartographer Cartographer  A person who makes maps.
Map 1Map 1Map 1Map 1Map 1 A section of the world map drawn by the  geographer al-Idrisi inthe twelfth century showing the Indiansubcontinent.
and there are some well-known names like Kanauj inUttar Pradesh (spelt in the map as Qanauj). Map 2 wasmade nearly 600 years after the first, during which timeinformation about the subcontinent had changedconsiderably. This map seems more familiar to us andthe coastal areas in particular are surprisingly detailed. This map was used by European sailors and merchantson their voyages (see Chapter 6). But look at the areasinland.
Are they as detailed as those on the coast? Follow thecourse of the River Ganga and see how it is shown. Whydo you think there is a difference in the level of detailand accuracy between the coastal and inland areas inthis map?
Map 2 Map 2 Map 2 Map 2 Map 2 The subcontinent, fromthe early-eighteenthcentury 
 Atlas Nouveau
of Guillaume de l’Isle.

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