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

4) Historical Issue-Analysis and Decision Making

Students can launch a number of research projects using the bibliographic records and content of maps they uncover in this rich collection. For example, students might search on United States Territory West to find this 1858 map of the Western territory.

Students can study the thorough bibliographic record for the map to investigate questions such as:

  • For what president was Jefferson Davis Secretary of War in the 1850s?
  • Why would Davis order such a map?
  • What did railroads have to do with defense at the time?