Travel Map Feature: Lake Norman, North Carolina

07 Mar
3.2 Travel Map

The Lake Norman region supports a diverse flora and fauna. Aquatic plants include alligatorweed, coon’s tail, waterweed, while common species of trees comprises bald cypress, water tupelo, red maple, sweetgum, water ash and water oak. An abundance of fish can be found in Lake Norman, including carp, spotted sucker, redbreast sunfish, silver redhorse, spottail shiner, […]

Travel Map Feature: North and South Hutchinson Island

03 Mar
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Hutchinson Island is known for its beautiful, pristine, sandy beaches, nature preserves and parks. The long, thin island stretches for 23 miles and is over a mile wide at various points. It is situated roughly Northwest to Southeast and bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and the Indian River on the west, the […]

Educational Map Series: Portolan Chart of Africa

03 Mar
3.1 Educational

In 1633, Pascal Roiz created the nautical chart titled by cataloger, A Portolan Chart of the Atlantic Ocean and Adjacent Continents. Pascoal Roiz was a Portuguese cartographer and portolan maker with origins in Lisbon and who was active during the 17th century. This historical portolan chart shows the Atlantic Ocean, southeast Pacific Ocean, the southwest […]

March Travel Finds and Artisan Delights

26 Feb

Seasonal pics for travelers, map lovers, and art collectors discovered for our readers by our readers! Four Leaf Clover Necklace Great for the Irish in you!       “War God” Fantastic Historical Fiction I’m reading by Graham Hancock about Cortez’s conquest of Mexico….I’m on the third volume this month!       Columbia travel top 

Educational Map Series: 037 Door County with Lighthouse Inset 1878

24 Feb
4. Education

This well-executed Door County Map was originally published as part of the Historical Atlas of Wisconsin in 1878 by Snyder, Van Vechten & Co., Milwaukee. It was a hand-colored lithographed Atlas map with two insets showing townships, sections, rural buildings, etc. The county takes it name from the passage between the tip of the peninsula […]

Travel Map Feature: Lake Michigan

19 Feb
4. Travel

The third largest of the gems that are the Great Lakes of North America, Lake Michigan is a natural lake entirely sheltered within the borders of the United States, and touches the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Its name originates in the Ojibwa (Chippewa) word “michi- gami,” meaning “large lake.” At roughly 22,300 square miles, […]

Educational Map Series: 003 1846 Railroad Map Featuring Many Northeastern States Rhode Island Connecticut Massachusetts

17 Feb

This 1846 map features several states on the north eastern seaboard. This was a time in our history when towns and cities were springing up in populated areas as expansion and industry took root. However, if you look closely at this map, it appears that much of the topography, and landmarks, are missing. The reason? […]

Travel Map Feature: The Beaches of Cancun

12 Feb
3. Travel

Cancun, Mexico is a place rich in Mayan culture, that boasts breathtaking, white-sand beaches, each offering something unique to those who venture on their shores. Cancun’s 14 miles of pristine beaches are surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the striking shade of blue crystal-clear water. Some of Cancun’s best beaches include: Eastern Beaches Playa Delfines […]

Educational Map Series: 001 1737 Heirs Map of British North American Territories

10 Feb
2. Education

This map is a derivative work by Heir. It was taken from a British territories map produced by Herman Moll. Derivative works were common among cartographers. It was considered a sort of honor to have your work serve as the basis for future productions. It spoke to the accuracy and expert craftsmanship you had produced. […]

Travel Map Feature: 208 Custom map of Hawaii Waterfalls, Beaches, and Natural Lands

05 Feb

Out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies Hawaii, home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the tallest sea mountain in the world. This chain of islands is roughly 2000 miles  (3200 kilometers) from the coast of the Continental United States. Hawaii is made up of eight major islands and more than […]