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    World Map in two Hemispheres (Bonne Projection), 1566. This world map in two hemispheres using the Bonne projection is by the Norman hydrographer Guillaume Le Testu (1509-72). Bonne maps used a modified conical map projection from circa 1500; the parallels appeared as equally spaced concentric arcs of a circle and the maps had a straight vertical central meridian. The Norman school of hydrographers was active in the French maritime province of Normandy,...
    • Contributor: Le Testu, Guillaume
    • Date: 1566
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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    Venezuela with the Southern Part of New Andalusia.
    Venezuela cum parte Australi Novae Andalusiae
    This 17th-century map of Venezuela and a part of New Andalusia, provinces of the Spanish Empire located in present-day Venezuela, is a copy of an earlier map published in Amsterdam by Henricus Hondius (1597--1651). Hondius was the son of Jodocus Hondius (1563--1612), a Flemish cartographer and engraver who settled in Amsterdam in about 1593 and established a business that produced globes and the first...
    • Contributor: Hondius, Hendrik
    • Date: 1612
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Port of Louisbourg on Île Royale.
    Port de Louisbourg dans l'Isle Royale
    The fortress of Louisbourg, founded in 1713 by French settlers from Placentia, Newfoundland, and named after King Louis XIV, was a major French stronghold in North America. Located on the eastern shore of Île Royale (present-day Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia), it commanded the entrance to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and ultimately access to the Saint Lawrence River. In 1745, during King George's...
    • Contributor: Bellin, Jacques-Nicolas
    • Date: 1764
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Explosion Crater Area, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Protectorate. This map of the Explosion Crater Area of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda was issued in 1955 by the Survey, Land and Mines Department of the Uganda Protectorate. Shown are main roads, "existing motorable roads," proposed tracks, water courses, ranger posts, and the locations of numbered signboards. Shading is used to indicate different types of terrain, including open grassland, scattered bushes, forest, and...
    • Contributor: Harber, G. L. - Uganda. Survey, Land, and Mines Department
    • Date: 1955
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Map of Proposed National Highways of the United States, 1915.
    National Highways Map of the United States Showing One Hundred Thousand Miles of National Highways: Proposed by the National Highways Association
    The National Highways Association (NHA) was established in 1911 to promote the development of an improved national road network in the United States. Under the slogan "Good roads for everyone!" the NHA proposed a 150,000-mile (241,402-kilometer) network of roads, based on a four-fold system of national, state, county, and town or township highways and roads. This map, issued by the NHA in 1915, shows...
    • Contributor: Mulford, John C. - National Highways Association
    • Date: 1915
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Paraguay, or the Province of the Rio de la Plata, with the Adjacent Regions Tucamen and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
    Paraguay, ó prov. de Rio de La Plata, cum regionibus adiacentibus Tucuman et Sta. Cruz de la Sierra / Guiljelmus Blaeuew excudit
    This map of Paraguay and the Rio de la Plata basin is the work of Willem Blaeu (1571-1638), the founder of a famous Dutch mapmaking dynasty. Blaeu studied astronomy, mathematics, and globe-making with the Danish scholar Tycho Brahe before establishing his mapmaking studio in Amsterdam. In 1633, he was appointed mapmaker of the Dutch East India Company. In 1635, together with his sons Joan...
    • Contributor: Blaeu, Willem Janszoon
    • Date: 1616
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Variations of the Compass for the Year 1925. The annotation on this map reads, "Used in laying out route for flight from San Diego to St. Louis to New York to Paris, 1927" and is signed C.A. Lindbergh. The map bears the official stamp: "CORRECTED THROUGH NOTICE TO MARINERS NO 25 JUNE 19'26 HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE NAVY DEPARTMENT." Charles Lindbergh (1902--74) was the American aviator who made the first nonstop solo flight across...
    • Contributor: United States. Hydrographic Office - Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus)
    • Date: 1926
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Arabia. This mid-19th-century British map shows the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring parts of Africa, including Egypt, the Sudan, and Abyssinia. The traditional Greek and Roman division of Arabia into the three parts of Arabia Petraea, Arabia Deserta, and Arabia Felix is used. Qatar is shown as Catura. Also indicated are Oman, Bahrain, and the territories of Mecca and Medina. The map emphasizes the vast, empty...
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    Map of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, 1893.
    Mapa de la República Oriental del Uruguay, 1893
    This 1893 map of the República Oriental del Uruguay (Eastern Republic of Uruguay), as the country is officially called, shows railroad lines (both in operation and under construction), telegraph lines, and submarine cables; and provinces and provincial boundaries. Relief is shown by hachures. The map provides navigational information relating to the Rio de la Plata, including water depths in meters and the location and...
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    Map of United States Proposed National Highways, 1915.
    National Highways Map of the United States Showing One Hundred Thousand Miles of National Highways: Proposed by the National Highways Association
    The National Highways Association (NHA) was established in 1911 to promote the development of an improved national road network in the United States. Under the slogan "Good roads for everyone!" the NHA proposed a 150,000-mile (241,402-kilometer) network of roads, based on a four-fold system of national, state, county, and town or township highways and roads. This map, issued by the NHA in 1915, shows...
    • Contributor: Mulford, John C. - National Highways Association
    • Date: 1915
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    State of South Carolina.
    State of South Carolina: Showing One Thousand Miles of National Highways Proposed by the National Highways Association
    The National Highways Association (NHA) was established in 1911 to promote the development of an improved national road network in the United States. Under the slogan "Good roads for everyone!" the NHA advocated the building and permanent maintenance by the federal government of a system of 50,000 miles (some 80,500 kilometers) of highways. This map, issued by the NHA in 1913, shows 1,000 miles...
    • Contributor: National Highways Association - American Bank Note Company
    • Date: 1913
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    The Province of Ulster Surveyed by Sir William Petty.
    The Province of Ulster Surveyed by Sir William Petty. Divided into its counties and the counties into their severall barronies, wherein are distinguished the archbishopricks, bishopricks, citys, places that return parliament men, also the roads and bridges
    This map of Ulster (present-day Northern Ireland), published in London in 1689, is based on the Down Survey of Ireland undertaken in 1656--58. As indicated in the subtitle, the map shows the counties and baronies of the province, archbishoprics, cities, roads and bridges, and the distribution of seats in parliament. Relief is shown pictorially. The map has two distance scales, Irish miles and English...
    • Contributor: Berry, William - Petty, William, Sir
    • Date: 1689
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    A Chart of Magellan by the Route of Tierra del Fuego.
    Tabula Magellanica qua Terrae del Fuego
    This map of "Magellanica," the land south of the Strait of Magellan, is by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, a leading Dutch cartographer and map publisher and the founder of a family of distinguished mapmakers that included his sons Joan and Cornelis. Born in the Netherlands in 1571, between 1594 and 1596 Blaeu studied in Denmark under the astronomer Tycho Brahe, where he developed skills as...
    • Contributor: Blaeu, Willem Janszoon
    • Date: 1640
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    A New Depiction of the Whole of Hungary.
    Nova totius Ungariae
    This rare map of Hungary was produced by Matthias Zündt in 1567. Zündt (circa 1498--1572) was an engraver, sculptor, and goldsmith from Nuremberg who produced 13 copper-plate engraved maps and views between 1565 and 1571. The map originally appeared in six sheets arranged together. It shows colorful views of important cities, kingdoms, provinces, and bordering countries. Episcopal churches and Turkish religious buildings are shown,...
    • Contributor: Zündt, Matthias
    • Date: 1567
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Upper View of the Castillo del Morro Situated at the Mouth of the Bay of Havana.
    Plano superior del Castillo del Morro situado en la Embocadora del Puerto de La Habana, el que se empezó a redificar por Enero de 1764, y se concluió por Septiembre de 1767 con todos los Edificios a prueba de Bomba
    This 18th-century manuscript map shows the plan of Morro Castle, located at the entrance of Havana Bay, Cuba. The fortress was built by the Spaniards, starting in 1585. The Italian military engineer Battista Antonelli (1547--1616) was commissioned to design the fortifications. The structure originally was conceived as a small fort surrounded by a dry moat, but it was expanded and rebuilt on several occasions...
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    Accurately Delineated Ichnographic Plans of All the Cities and Towns in the 17 Provinces of the Netherlands.
    Theatrum ichnographicum omnium urbium et præcipuorum oppidorum Belgicarum XVII
    Theatrum ichnographicum omnium urbium et præcipuorum oppidorum Belgicarum XVII Provinciarum peraccurate delineatarum (Accurately delineated ichnographic plans of all the cities and towns in the seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands), commonly known as the De Wit Atlas, is a city atlas containing maps and prints of key monuments in Dutch cities. The name comes from its creator, Frederick de Wit (1630-1706), an influential cartographer, engraver,...
    • Contributor: Wit, Frederik De
    • Date: 1699
    • Resource: - 136 pages

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    Map for the Clarification of Land Titles in New France, 1678.
    Carte pour seruir à l'éclaircissement du Papier Terrier de la Nouvelle-France
    This large and beautiful map by Jean-Baptiste Franquelin (1651--after 1712), later the royal hydrographer in Quebec, shows the French presence in the Saint Lawrence valley and Atlantic Canada in 1678. For 20 years from the early 1670s, maps by Franquelin accompanied reports to France sent by the highest officials in its American territories. This map was dedicated to Jean-Baptise Colbert (1619-83), minister of finance...
    • Contributor: Franquelin, Jean-Baptiste
    • Date: 1678
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    A Geographical Rendering of Judaea, or the Land of Israel, in Which the Positions of the Most Famous Places in the Old and New Testament are Precisely Depicted.
    Iudaeae seu Terrae Israelis Tabula geographica; in qua Locorum in Veteri et Novo Testamento celebratissimorum Situs accurate descripti
    This hand-colored copperplate map of the Holy Land, featuring notable cities from the Bible, appeared in Le theatre du monde ou nouvel atlas (Theater of the world, or new atlas), a work by Jan Jansson (1588-1664) that was published in Amsterdam circa 1658. It depicts the kingdoms of Judea and Israel, along with territory stretching north to present-day Beirut and land on both sides...
    • Contributor: Ortelius, Abraham - Stella, Tilemannus - Horn, Georg - Jansson, Jan
    • Date: 1658
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Topographic Map of the Principal Entry to the Amazon River.
    Carta topografica: da principal entrada do Rio Amazônas
    This manuscript topographic map shows the main outlet of the Amazon River into the Atlantic Ocean. The river's estuary is more than 330 kilometers wide. Early explorers called it the "sweet sea" because of the vast amount of fresh water pouring into the ocean. The map is the work of João Vasco Manuel de Braun, a Brazilian of English descent who served as governor...
    • Contributor: Vasco Manuel De Braun, João
    • Date: 1790
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Kingdom of Galicia.
    Gallæcia Regnum
    The first printed map of Galicia with dedicated cartographic plotting was the "Descripción del Reyno de Galizia" (Description of the Kingdom of Galicia) by Hernando Ojea (circa 1560-1615). That map appeared in the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the world) of Abraham Ortelius (1527-98), in the edition by Antwerp publisher Jan Baptista Vrients of 1603. The map, despite its many errors, was not soon...
    • Contributor: Mercator, Gerhard - Hondius, Jodocus
    • Date: 1619
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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    The World, on Mercator's Projection.
    The world, on Mercator's projection
    This world map is from the General Atlas of the World published by A & C Black in 1840. Adam Black founded his publishing company in Edinburgh in 1807. The firm dealt predominantly in maps and atlases for the rest of the 19th century. General Atlas of the World was published in successive editions up to 1898. The map is a good reflection of...
    • Contributor: Aikman, George
    • Date: 1840
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    Arabia. This map of the Arabian Peninsula appeared in the 1856 edition of the world atlas that was first published by James Wyld (1790-1836) in 1824 and in successive editions by his son, James Wyld the younger (1812-87). Political divisions are indicated by colored lines and the scale is in English miles. Cities, towns, wells, and caravan routes to Mecca are shown. An annotation on...
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    Military Situation in Manchuria before 18 September 1931. Map Prepared for Lytton's Report on the Sino-Japanese Conflict.
    Situation militaire en Mandchourie. Situation avant le 18 septembre 1931
    On the night of September 18, 1931, anti-Japanese activists set off explosions on the Japanese-owned South Manchurian Railroad in Manchuria, northeastern China. The Japanese army used the incident as a pretext to invade Manchuria, and quickly occupied its key cities. China appealed to the world's powers for help. The Council of the League of Nations, supported by the United States, sought to negotiate a...
    • Contributor: Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Earl of - League of Nations. Commission of Enquiry Into the Sino-Japanese Dispute
    • Date: 1932
    • Resource: - 1 page
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    The Administrative Maps of the Ming Dynasty (Incomplete Copy). The author of this work was Chen Zushou (died 1637), a late-Ming literary author. A native of Yanling (present-day Changzhou, Jiangsu Province), Chen Zushou received his jin shi degree in 1634 and became, in the following year, an official at the Bureau of Operations, one of the four bureaus in the Ministry of War. In 1636, while working at the ministry, he wrote this...
    • Contributor: Chen, Zushou, 1637
    • Date: 1636
    • Resource: - 102 pages

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    Damba, Uganda.
    Damba: Uganda 1: 50,000
    This map of Damba Island, Kyagwe County, Mengo District, Buganda Province in Uganda Protectorate (present-day Uganda) was issued in 1961 by the Uganda Lands and Surveys Department. It was compiled and drawn by the Directorate of Overseas Surveys, Department of Technical Cooperation in the British government, based on field survey data and on aerial photography carried out in 1955. Damba is located in the...
    • Contributor: Hunting Aerosurveys Limited - Uganda. Department of Lands and Surveys - Great Britain - Great Britain. Overseas Surveys Directorate
    • Date: 1961
    • Resource: - 1 page