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cartographer (noun) one who draws and makes maps.

A person who draws maps and charts is a cartographer. Cartographers are persons specially trained in the art and skill of map and chart making. Cartographers, that is, those who draw and prepare charts, need a very good knowledge of geography and the related details, and should also have the art of illustrating the different features of a place very vividly and clearly by using different colors and symbols. Authors of novels and stories in which imaginary places are described also support their description with maps, and thus make an attempt to be cartographers.

  • A cartographer, while making maps, must reflect in his maps the boundaries between countries as agreed upon by the countries he draws the maps of, and avoid scope for any complaints about his representation.
  • A cartographer often uses legends, that is, colors and symbols, to indicate the various geographic features like hills, mountains, rivers, seas, etc..
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