[ISHMap-List] Did Napoleon lose to Wellington because of a bad map?

Matthew Edney edney at usm.maine.edu
Wed Oct 8 22:28:20 CEST 2014

Dear All:

This just came across the transom …


The argument is that Napoleon used a printed map derived from a manuscript map, and both were wrong, so that Napoleon misplaced his artillery.

I don't know enough about the events of the battle, but I'm pretty sure that the French were not printing battle maps at this point . . . does anyone have a better and non-journalistic account?




Matthew Edney

Osher Professor in the History of Cartography (USM)

Director, History of Cartography Project (UW)

See http://www.maphistorydirectory.org/index.php/User:Edney.Matthew

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