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Fascinating maps are hidden among the American Memory digital treasures. Have fun exploring these samples with your students and keep searching - perhaps you will locate some unique maps on your own!
Featured Map: Using this 1868 book, Geographical Fun, let's explore how unusual maps could be used in the classroom. This collection of 12 humorous caricature maps was created by a young girl trying to amuse her ill brother. Click on the caption below the map to link to bibliographic information and all pages in the book. Click on the image itself to explore the zoom view of England. Who is the woman caricatured in the map? What was her role in England in 1868? Read the verse underneath the map. What does this verse mean? Locate the flag and coats of arms? What countries do they represent? Have names of ports, cities or bodies of water changed since 1868? Explore the other 11 country maps in a similar fashion.
Learning More: Follow the links on the right to access more unusual 18th and 19th century maps. Students can use the graphic Primary Source Analysis Tool to analyze these maps.
More Map Links:
Early Map Links

Getty Thesaurus (find latitude and longitude of any geographic location)
How Far Is It? (calculate distance between 2 places)
Mapquest (enter an address, make a map)
Map Machine (National Geographic’s online atlas)
National Atlas of the United States (digital online atlas)
Oddens’ Bookmarks (over 20,000 cartographic links)

Unusual Maps
Geographical Fun: being humorous outlines of various countries by “Aelph” (England),  1868.
Geographical Fun: being humorous outlines of various countries by “Aelph” (England), 1868.
» Kingdom of France, 1796 (in the form of a ship)
» Eagle Map of the United States, 1831
» The Gerry-mander: a new species of monster, 1812
» Gracie Emmet in her great play, The Pulse of New York, 1891
» Rand McNally and Co's new twelve inch terrestrial globe, 1891