It’s May 20, and on this date in 1570, Abraham Ortelius printed Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, which many consider to be the first modern world atlas. Today internet map programs and GPS systems have greatly reduced the need for atlases, but until the early 21st century, atlases and printed maps were very important. If you wanted to drive from one part of the country to another and didn’t know the way there, you would consult an atlas or keep a large map in the glove compartment of your car and unfold it if you needed to find your way. Although atlases and maps aren’t as important now as they once were, they are still very important to students in our geography courses. We offer geography among our middle school correspondence courses, online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses and online high school courses. Students learn about climate, culture, topography and more by using the maps included in those courses. If you need a map to plan your future, consider enrolling with American School. We have accredited courses at an affordable cost and can help you chart a successful future. Get started now!