I've always felt that, when it comes to history texts, you can never have enough maps. Especially cartographically-challenged are America's K12 history books--something I was reminded of recently when checking out this page of J's American history book:
In place of the "Picturing History" portrait of Pike, why not a map showing--all at once--the Louisiana purchase and the paths of the Lewis and Clark and the Pike Expeditions, complete with rivers and mountains. Something like:
This would seem a more relevant way to picture history than what exactly Pike may have looked like in his officer's uniform with his soldiers in the background.
Of course, students can always "look it up on the Internet," as I did (expending all of about two seconds). But, in the age of mapless navigation and shrinking cartographic literacy, how many will be inspired enough, and motivated enough, to bother?