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Weekly Map Giveaway Winner!

14 Dec

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

Travel Map Feature: The Beaches of Cancun

10 Dec
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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 […]

Discovery Map Series: Franquelin’s Map of Louisiana, 1684

08 Dec
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Jean Baptiste Louis Franquelin’s Map of Louisiana, 1684, also known as “Map of Louisiana, or the Voyages of the Sieur de La Salle,” illustrates the careful recorded extent of France’s Louisiana and its progress of western discovery. Published following the French possession of the territory, it outlines the boundaries of the newly acquired lands claimed […]

Annual One-For-You and One-For-Them Sale!

01 Nov
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‘Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! And our annual one-for-you-and-one-for-them sale!  Doesn’t sepia make you think of Pumpkin Spice? ‘Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! This is one pumpkin spice that will not add any unwanted pounds and will last for years on your wall. All of November and December we offer one […]

Educational Map Series: Portolan Chart Of The Mediterranean And Black Seas With The West Coast Of Spain And Portugal

27 Oct
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Titled “Portolan Atlas of the Mediterranean Sea, Western Europe and the Northwest Coast of Africa” by a cataloger, Catalan cartographer Joan Oliva is believed to be the mapmaker behind the creation of this portolan chart created in Italy in 1590. This chart, which represents the [Eastern Mediterranean] is one of five portolan charts in the […]

Educational Map Series: Portolan Chart Of The Mediterranean And Black Seas With The West Coast Of Spain And Portugal

20 Oct
black seas

In early times, the Mediterranean Sea was the central point of transport, trade and cultural connection between North Africa, Western Asia and Southern Europe. The Italians, the Genoese and the Venetians, in particular, made their mark on the Mediterranean shores as traders. Sailing by way of the Mediterranean and Black Seas was essential to commerce […]

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

13 Oct
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The nautical chart titled A Portolan Chart of the Atlantic Ocean and Adjacent Continents was published in 1633 and is attributed to Dutch cartographer Pascal Roiz. Roiz worked as a cartographer during the second half of the 17th and early 18th centuries. In the 1640s, he worked under the guidance of Willem Blaeu in Amsterdam, […]

Tuesday Map Feature: Spirit Lake And Lake Okoboji, Iowa Lake Art- The Great Lakes Of Iowa

08 Oct
spirit lake

  There’s more to a lake than it simply being a body of water. Many lakes have helped to shape the vibrant history and culture of certain regions. Lakes provides environmental benefits, influence quality of life, strengthen economies through tourism, provide amazing opportunities for recreation and cottage/residential living, and serve as a source of drinking […]

Educational Map Series: Portalan Chart Of The Mediterranean And Connecting Seas

06 Oct
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Housed in the Library of Congress is the Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean and Connecting Seas. This 1550 portolan chart’s cartographer is unknown, and its title is one devised by a cataloguer. Still, its significance is not to be overlooked as it represents a significant example of an early marine invention that greatly enhanced sea […]