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Travel Tuesday Map Feature: Paradise Valley, MT

04 Aug

In southwestern Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park and nestled between the Absaroka Range to the east and the Gallatin Range to the west is Paradise Valley. This Montana gem follows the Yellowstone River, and boasts 53 miles of breathtaking, scenic landscape, stretching through rich rolling farmland, hot springs, flowing crystal, clear rivers, acres […]

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

02 Aug

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 […]

Weekly Map Giveaway Winner!

01 Aug

Sign up for our weekly map give-away here! This week’s mystery winner is… sdifrances@ If your email address starts with “sdifrances” 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 […]

Discovery Map Series: Historic Hawaii Collection

26 Jul

Hawaii has a rich history and culture shaped by an enduring heritage, struggle and its natural environment. Cartography has helped to convey important aspects of the Hawaiian story, particularly as it relates to politics. Before the Kingdom of Hawaii became a territory in 1900, it had enjoyed sovereignty through monarchical rule for some 100 years. […]

Discovery Map Series: Map Of The Hawaiian Islands 1876

19 Jul

Under the direction of William D. Anderson, Surveyor General of the Hawaiian Government Survey, Map of the Hawaiian Islands, 1876 was created and published for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of American independence by J. L. Smith Co. More specifically, it was for the Hawaiian Exhibit at the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products […]

Travel Map Feature: Lake Keowee, South Carolina

14 Jul

The Lake Keowee 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 Keowee, including carp, spotted sucker, redbreast sunfish, silver redhorse, spottail shiner, […]

Discovery Map Series: Na Mokupuni O Hawaii Nei Historical Map Of Hawaii 1837

12 Jul

The map “Na mokupuni O Hawaii Nei,” published in 1837 by Kulanui Lahainaluna, Maui is the first separate map of the Hawaiian Islands published in Hawaii and the first Hawaiian-language map of the islands. It is the work of Simona P. Kalama, who engraved and drew the map. Kalama was a top student engraver at […]