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[Detail] Mediolanensis dvcatvs from the atlas [1570].

3) Discovery and Exploration

This category documents the European discovery and exploration of the Americas. Many of the maps reflect the Age of Discoveries (fifteenth to seventeenth centuries) when Europeans focused on drawing outlines of the continents they explored and on mapping coastal areas and major waterways. This category also includes eighteenth and nineteenth century maps that document exploration of the interior of continents and the work of government explorers and surveyors.

Search on Clark or use the Discovery and Exploration Maps Title List to find the map shown above documenting Lewis and Clark's track. This map can serve as a springboard for research about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Using the bibliographic record, students can find information about when the expedition occurred, what the expedition route was, who made the map, and when the map was created.