Improving Spatial Understanding of Historic Battles: Cartographic Animation and the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
Military battles typically are depicted using printed maps, yet understanding how the story of an engagement unfolds is inherently a dynamic process. With the explosion of technological improvements in GIS and graphics illustration software, it is now possible to seriously consider the design and implementation of animated versions of these battles, both for their attention-getting capabilities, as well as their potential to enhance understanding of these events. This research explores the process of creating an animated map of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and addresses the cartographic challenges involved in producing an effective presentation.
Stine, R., Nelson, E., & Swaim, M. (2006). Improving spatial understanding of historic battles: Cartographic animation and the battle of Guilford courthouse. Research in Geographic Education, 8, pp. 73-89.