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Research Publications in journals:
Tomas Lopez's Geographic Atlas of Spain in the Peninsular War: A methodology for determining errors
Year:2011
Research Areas
  • Cartography
Information
Abstract
During the Peninsular War, Napoleon's and Wellington's armies were aware of the lack of precision in the maps of Spain and its provinces that appeared in Tomas Lopez's Geographical Atlas of Spain. The errors were due to the non-topographical surveying method he used, which he had learned from his teacher Jean Baptiste Bourguignon D'Anville. To map all of the Spanish provinces, Tomas Lopez divided them into circles of three leagues in diameter (16,718 m), taking a particular town as the centre. He asked the town's priest to draw a map of the territory and to complete a questionnaire that Tomas Lopez sent to him. The priest was to return the two documents after he had completed them. Subsequently, at his desk, Tomas Lopez used the maps and reports as well as other graphic and written sources from various locations to make an outline of each map. Next, he made a mosaic that served as a pattern for drawing the final provincial map. We will see the way that this method was applied in two concrete cases: the villages of Chavaler and Monteagudo, situated in the Spanish province of Soria, and verify their degree of accuracy. We will use the maps drawn by the priests in 1767, the final map of the province which was published in 1804 by Tomás López, and a current map of the province showing the angular and linear errors in Lopez's map.
International
Si
JCR
Si
Title
Survey Review
ISBN
0039-6265
Impact factor JCR
0,373
Impact info
Datos JCR del año 2010
Volume
Journal number
43
From page
30
To page
44
Month
ENERO
Ranking
87 de 115. ENGINEERING, CIVIL
Participants
  • Autor: Jose Carlos de San Antonio Gomez (UPM)
  • Autor: Cristina Velilla Lucini (UPM)
  • Autor: F. Manzano-Agugliaro
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Departamento: Ingeniería Cartográfica, Geodesia y Fotogrametría. Expresión Gráfica
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