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

16 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 […]

Travel Tuesday Map Feature: The Sites Of Death Valley National Park, California

11 Sep
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Straddling the California-Nevada border, Death Valley National Park occupies a desert valley area between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts. It is the hottest and driest place in America, and the lowest of all the national parks in the lower 48 states. Covering 3.3 million acres, this park features salt-flats, mysterious rocks, sand dunes, […]

Educational Map Series: Earliest Chart Of The Galapagos A. Arrowsmith, 1798

09 Sep

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 […]

Educational Map Series: Earliest Chart Of The Galapagos A. Arrowsmith, 1798

02 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 […]

Travel Tuesday Map Feature: Lake Michigan

27 Aug
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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 […]

Educational Map Series: Expedition Through The Rocky Mountains 1842

27 Aug
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Called the “Pathfinder,” John Charles Fremont was a skilled surveyor, mathematician and explorer who ventured on important expeditions deep into the American West. His work “Map of an Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842 and to Oregon & North California in the Years, 1843-44” was a seminal one, published in 1845 in a […]

Old Map Feature: The First Transcontinental Map of the U.S.

03 Jun
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Regarded as one of the most significant maps of the 19th century, John Melish’s “Map of the United States of America: With the Contiguous British and Spanish Possessions, 1816,” depicts the United States extending from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast on the North American continent. It is said to be the first transcontinental […]

Educational Map Series: The Brave Map Depicting the new Continent

08 Apr
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Did you know that before this map Europeans believed that the world was divided into only three parts? They knew a world divided into Europe, Asia, and Africa. This ambitious project served to document and update new geographic knowledge derived from the discoveries of explorers in  the late 15th and early 16th centuries, and in […]