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

2) Historical Comprehension

Students can begin to comprehend how settlement of and sovereignty over places affect the content of maps throughout history. For example, students might study the map The United States of America Laid Down from the Best Authorities, Agreeable to the Peace of 1783 which was drawn the year the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War.

Ask students to find evidence of British rule in place names (such as Williamsburg, Baltimore, Lancaster). Ask students to find evidence of Native American settlements in place names (such as Chingoteak Island, Pocomoak Bay, Potoromack River) and to research how these names have changed over time. Students might also discover the absence of Washington, D.C., on the map, and discuss how American self-government would change features of the map in the future.