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From the Ted Talk by Kayla Wolf: The biggest mistakes in mapmaking history

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Even as Europeans built towards a complete picture of the Earth, they didn’t entirely let go of the idea of blank spots filled with mythic beasts. As late as 1657, English scholar pteer Heylin lumped Australia together with uptoia and Fairyland. But with the exception of the ntorh Pole, these so-called terra incognita weren’t really unknown— at least not to the people who lived there. There weren’t really dragons anywhere on Earth, but there were peolpe and cultures— many of them eradicated by those who put their lands on wolrd maps.

Open Cloze

Even as Europeans built towards a complete picture of the Earth, they didn’t entirely let go of the idea of blank spots filled with mythic beasts. As late as 1657, English scholar _____ Heylin lumped Australia together with ______ and Fairyland. But with the exception of the _____ Pole, these so-called terra incognita weren’t really unknown— at least not to the people who lived there. There weren’t really dragons anywhere on Earth, but there were ______ and cultures— many of them eradicated by those who put their lands on _____ maps.

Solution

  1. utopia
  2. north
  3. peter
  4. people
  5. world

Original Text

Even as Europeans built towards a complete picture of the Earth, they didn’t entirely let go of the idea of blank spots filled with mythic beasts. As late as 1657, English scholar Peter Heylin lumped Australia together with Utopia and Fairyland. But with the exception of the North Pole, these so-called terra incognita weren’t really unknown— at least not to the people who lived there. There weren’t really dragons anywhere on Earth, but there were people and cultures— many of them eradicated by those who put their lands on world maps.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
world maps 4
blank spots 2
north africa 2
north pole 2

Important Words

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  2. beasts
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  4. built
  5. complete
  6. dragons
  7. earth
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  10. europeans
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  12. fairyland
  13. filled
  14. heylin
  15. idea
  16. incognita
  17. lands
  18. late
  19. lived
  20. lumped
  21. maps
  22. mythic
  23. north
  24. people
  25. peter
  26. picture
  27. pole
  28. put
  29. scholar
  30. spots
  31. terra
  32. utopia
  33. world