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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 […]

Map of North America, lost map from La Salle

03 Dec
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Carte de l’Amerique Septentrionnale   Compiled between 1909 and 1910 from his original 1688 map, which was based on a lost map drawn up by René-Robert Cavelier La Salle, Jean-Baptiste-Louis Franquelin’s map titled “Carte de l’Amerique Septentrionnale, translated “Map of North America,” is a highly significant map depicting the French discoveries and exploration in the […]

Catalan Atlas: Portolan Meets Mappa Mundi

20 Jun
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Referred to as one of the last great mappa mundis before the emergence of ptolemic maps in the 15th century, the Catalan Atlas was produced in 1375, with the originals in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) in Paris today. The creator of the Catalan Atlas is believed to be the Majorcan […]

The story of old maps

13 Jun
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Mapmaking or cartography has been a part of our world’s history since ancient times.  In truth, many specialists agree that map making had its beginning with cave paintings.  However, the oldest known maps are carved on Babylonian clay tablets dating to about 2300 B.C. These maps were considered extremely advanced in Old World Greece. In […]

Hereford Mappa Mundi

06 Jun
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This great, detailed, and elaborately decorated mappa mundi is believed to be the only surviving complete example of a medieval wall map of the world. It is housed in Hereford Cathedral in Hereford, England. The precise date and creator of this mappa mundi is unknown, but speculations have filled that void. Some scholars believe that […]

The Portolan Mystery: Carte Pisane Antique Map

30 May
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The Portolan Mystery: Carte Pisane   The mystery that is Carte Pisane Antique Map  is one of the most important documents in the history of navigation. The Carte Pisane is the earliest surviving portolan chart that is speculated to have been drawn between 1290 and 1300, and is now located in the Bibliothèque Nationale Library […]

Custom map by Lisa Middleton: The Hiking Trails of Yellowstone National Park

23 May
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Yellowstone National Park Hiking Trails Custom Map by Lisa Middleton       Largely situated in Wyoming and extending into Idaho and Montana, the Yellowstone National Park is a natural, scientific, and scenic unspoiled beauty. In 1872, it became the first national park in the United States covering an area of more than 3, 400 […]

The Sawley Mappa Mundi c.1190 Antiquarian Map

11 Mar
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The Sawley Mappa Mundi c.1190   Modern eyes look for maps to be topographical with large-scale detail, contour lines, and accurate graphic representation of natural and cultural features of a region. They tend to serve as significant points of reference and as a navigation tool. These are the types of maps that generally make sense […]