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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 […]

Educational Map Series: 101 Oregon, Upper California and New Mexico 1849

03 Feb

This map is an example of Mitchell’s 1849 map of the West, at the time of the discovery of gold in California and immediate after the completion of Fremont’s final expedition. This is one of the best maps of the West of the era, reflecting the contemporary knowledge of the west. The California Gold Regions […]

Travel Map Feature: 171 The Bahama Out Islands

01 Feb

Rich in history, culture, heritage, and tranquil natural beauty, the Out Islands of the Bahamas calls to the connoisseurs of Caribbean island life, and those individuals who desire to retreat to a place that seemingly slows in time and offers up naturally wondrous  untainted pieces of paradise. The Out Islands of the Bahamas makes up […]

Educational Map Series: 064 La Florida 1570

27 Jan

La Florida Gvastecan Pervviae Avriferae Regionis Typvs Born in Antwerp Belgium in 1527, Abraham Ortelius was one of the most non-assuming influential cartographers the craft has ever seen. He was so non-assuming that his tombstone in Antwerp reads…Quietis Cultor sine bit, uxore, prole, which means, served quietly, without accusation, wife, and offspring. While he was […]

Travel Map Feature: 222 Custom map of Tucson, Arizona

22 Jan

Nicknamed the Optics Valley, Tucson is situated on an alluvial plain in the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tortolita Mountains, Santa Rita Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and the Tucson Mountains. The first humans are believed to have lived in Tucson about 10,000 BCE, with the migrations of Paleo-Indians and Archaic hunters and gatherers. […]