What Is a Generalized Map?

Generalized maps are specifically designed to convey several types of information within the confines of one map. A generalized map usually includes details like topography and actual aesthetics of the portrayed area, producing a map that is closer to a mirrored image than a strict representation to scale.

Cartographic generalization focuses on highlighting the most recognizable parts of a map, while not necessarily abiding by the rules of scale and precision that a normal map has. Generalized maps are often more subjective than standard maps, as the objects deemed important are chosen by the cartographer. Generalized maps often contain aspects that are combined or enhanced, according to the cartographer's preference.