My next addition to Map Monday is this rather delightful map of South America flanked by two great oceans. This particular map is only about a decade old and I picked it up while I was living in Chile for a year. It is a beautiful map made of engraved metal and clearly was made in Chile.
The Chile centric aspects of the map are evident in several ways. Of all the south american countries only the capital of Chile, Santiago, is marked on the map. Also if you look to the left you can see an engraved image of a Moai, one of the monolithic human heads carved by the people on Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island, or in Spanish as can be seen on this map, the Isla de Pascua). This is noted on this map because Rapa Nui is one of the territories of Chile. If you are interested in seeing a Moai in the UK one can be visited in the British Museum (once the museum reopens). Chile additionally claims part of Antarctica and this territorial claim is also noted on this map with Antarctica poking up from the bottom. I am also a fan of the penguin and whale on the edges of the continent.
Also noted on this map is the south american attitude to their land mass. South America is called un joven continente: The Young Continent. They are proud of their youth and vigor taking on the rest of the world, as demonstrated by the young and flashy metallic map.
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