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

13 Oct
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The nautical chart titled A Portolan Chart of the Atlantic Ocean and Adjacent Continents was published in 1633 and is attributed to Dutch cartographer Pascal Roiz. Roiz worked as a cartographer during the second half of the 17th and early 18th centuries. In the 1640s, he worked under the guidance of Willem Blaeu in Amsterdam, […]

Weekly Map Giveaway Winner!

12 Oct

Sign up for our weekly map give-away here! This week’s mystery winner is… triciagaetz@ If your email address starts with “triciagaetz″ please email me at: 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 “” Thank you […]

Tuesday Map Feature: Spirit Lake And Lake Okoboji, Iowa Lake Art- The Great Lakes Of Iowa

08 Oct
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  There’s more to a lake than it simply being a body of water. Many lakes have helped to shape the vibrant history and culture of certain regions. Lakes provides environmental benefits, influence quality of life, strengthen economies through tourism, provide amazing opportunities for recreation and cottage/residential living, and serve as a source of drinking […]

Educational Map Series: Portalan Chart Of The Mediterranean And Connecting Seas

06 Oct
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Housed in the Library of Congress is the Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean and Connecting Seas. This 1550 portolan chart’s cartographer is unknown, and its title is one devised by a cataloguer. Still, its significance is not to be overlooked as it represents a significant example of an early marine invention that greatly enhanced sea […]

Travel Tuesday Map Feature: Crystal Coast, North Carolina

01 Oct

The Crystal Coast is an 85-mile stretch of coastline extending from the Cape Lookout National Seashore to southwestward to the New River, encompassing the entire area along the Bogue Banks, a barrier island that stretches for more than 20 miles. It is a mixture of colorful history, quiet stretches of beaches, quaint small towns, historic homes, picturesque […]

Educational Map Series: John Charles Frémont’s Map of Oregon and upper California 1845-1846

29 Sep

John C. Fremont was an American military officer, early explorer and mapmaker, who was instrumental in the mapping of the American West, and in effect, facilitated settlement in the region, in places like Oregon and California. On his 1842 scientific expedition, Fremont examined the Oregon Trail through the South Pass, detailing the rivers, fertility of […]

Travel Tuesday Map Feature: 269-San Juan Island, Salish Sea

24 Sep
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Forget about a tropical retreat for a moment and think of a panoramic valley, dotted with cows, vineyards, iconic lighthouses, whale watching in the distance, and lush forest. San Juan Island is one of four islands, and the second-largest of the San Juan Archipelago, located in the northwest region of the contiguous United States between the […]

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

22 Sep

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, […]

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

17 Sep

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 […]