Educational Map Series: Map of California Shown As An Island, 1650

21 Oct
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A 1650 map, created by Joan Vinckeboon, titled “Map of California Shown as an Island,” echoes the inaccurate belief of cartographers, whose early maps depicted California as an island, separate from mainland North America. The Dutch cartographer and engraver Vinckeboon was born into a Flemish family of artists and started out drawing for his father. About 1640, […]

Weekly Map Giveaway Winner!

20 Oct

Sign up for our weekly map give-away here! This week’s mystery winner is… coachles2000@ If your email address starts with “coachles2000″ please email me at: lisa@greatriverarts.com to claim your free map! The entire email address has been omitted for your privacy. The name on this page is changed weekly, and chosen with “randomnamepicker.org” Thank you […]

Travel Tuesday Map Feature: 287-Ornate Flathead Lake, Montana Designed and Painted by Lisa Middleton

16 Oct
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Flathead Lake, with a surface area of up to 197 square miles, is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the continental United States. The lake is roughly 27 miles long and 15.5 miles wide at its widest point. It has an average depth of 165 feet, but a maximum depth […]

Educational Map Series: Why Maps are Good for Children

14 Oct
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While it’s easy to enjoy our maps as art pieces, many people don’t realize that they’re the perfect learning tool for children of all ages! Besides looking gorgeous on your wall, our maps encourage positive mental development while also boosting knowledge and creativity. Today, we’re going to share the many ways that children can benefit […]

Weekly Map Giveaway Winner!

13 Oct

Sign up for our weekly map give-away here! This week’s mystery winner is… lightbody77@ If your email address starts with “lightbody77″ please email me at: lisa@greatriverarts.com to claim your free map! The entire email address has been omitted for your privacy. The name on this page is changed weekly, and chosen with “randomnamepicker.org” Thank you […]

Travel Tuesday Map Feature: 285-Jupiter Inlet, Florida

09 Oct
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Immediately south of Jupiter Inlet Light in Palm Beach County, Florida is Jupiter Inlet, an opening in the beach, that leads to Jupiter Sound on the north, Loxahatchee River on the west, and Lake Worth Creek on the south. Fourteen miles south of St. Lucie Inlet, this turquoise runway to the Atlantic Ocean was originally […]

Educational Map Series: Most Considerable Plantations of the English in America 1700

07 Oct
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Originally produced in 1700 by cartographer Sutton Nicholls and “A New Map of the Most Considerable Plantations of the English in America” shows the English plantations in North America on a single sheet that encompasses five inset maps of Nova Scotia, Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados, and the Carolinas. English mathematician and geographer professor at Oxford, England, […]

Travel Tuesday Map Feature: 148 The Driftless Region Map Designed by Lisa Middleton

02 Oct
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The unglaciated region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, northwestern Illinois, and southeastern Minnesota is a natural and beautifully sculpted landscape that is known as the Driftless Area. The area is considered “Driftless” because it was not shaped by the movement of glaciers thousands of years ago. A part of the attraction to the region is […]

Educational Map Series: Portolan Chart Of The Mediterranean And Connecting Seas 1550

30 Sep
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It was in the year 1793 that Captain James Colnett of the Royal Navy set sail in the merchant ship Rattler to do a survey of the Galapagos Islands to investigate the possibilities of sperm-whale fisheries in the region. Colnett’s Chart of the Galapagos is the first fairly accurate map of the archipelago. It was […]