Illustrating the maps for The Lands of Ice and Fire was a large commission. The final result is 12 maps, each 2 feet by 3 feet - 72 square feet of cartography in total, many of which link up and overlap. The trick with a project of this size and complexity is organization.
Juan Manuel Santos, incumbent President of Colombia, which has fought a long-time war on drugs with the support of the U.S., has just signed a public letter questioning that war on grounds of efficacy, cost, side effects, and fairness.
In 1815, English geologist William Smith published the first geological map of Britain -- these findings formed the basis for theories the age of the Earth and were even a major contributor to Darwin's theory of evolution of the species.