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Discovery Map Series: Nova Totius Terrarum 1605

07 Mar
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Willem Blaeu’s (Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula) This map is the first exciting rendition of MERCATOR’s projection map, the first style of map to put the Prime Meridian across the center of the map, thusly avoiding the awkwardness of a series of circles. Is is a fine example of the golden age […]

Weekly Map Giveaway Winner!

06 Mar

Sign up for our weekly map give-away here! This week’s mystery winner is… mckaylaruby@ If your email address starts with “mckaylaruby” please email me at: lisa@greatriverarts.com 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 random.org. Thank you […]

Tuesday Travel Feature: The Cultural Coast

02 Mar
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As far back as the 1920s and even to this day, Florida’s Cultural Coast is still a flourishing hub of creative vision and cultural significance. Its dynamic art scene, architecture, diversity, and white sand beaches are the magnets that draw many to experience the very best of one of Florida’s gem. Created in 1921, Florida’s […]

Discovery Map Series: Okinawa, Japan

28 Feb
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Okinawa, Japan From the 15th to the 19th century, Okinawa flourished as the Kingdom of Ryukyu, an autonomous state that operated outside the bounds of Japan’s central government. In 1879, the Kingdom of Ryukyu was integrated into Japanese society and the name of the islands was changed to Okinawa prefecture. Okinawa comprises of 160 islands […]

Weekly Map Giveaway Winner!

27 Feb

Sign up for our weekly map give-away here! This week’s mystery winner is… dee.miller@ If your email address starts with “dee.miller” please email me at: lisa@greatriverarts.com 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 random.org. Thank you […]

Discovery Map Series: Map of California Shown As An Island, 1650

21 Feb
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A 1650 map, created by Joan Vinckeboon, titled “Map of California Shown as an Island,” echoes the inaccurate belief of cartographers, whose early maps depicted California as an island, separate from mainland North America. The Dutch cartographer and engraver Vinckeboon was born into a Flemish family of artists and started out drawing for his father. About 1640, […]

Tuesday Travel Feature: Custom Map Of Lake Washington And Vicinity

16 Feb
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This is a map depicting Lake Washington, located in Cook County. The insets depict various things that have happened close to Lake Washington over the past century. The battle of Seattle was waged by the Native Americans in 1856. And a surprise ambush, they engage the early settlers of the Washington territory for four days. […]

Discovery Map Series: History Of The Exploration Of The Colorado 1908

14 Feb
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The Grand and other Cañons of the Colorado River of the West from 1540 to 1908 This is a very detailed exploration map of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, published in 1908 by Robert Brewster Staton. Staton was a civil and mining engineer. In 1889-1890, Staton carried out the Survey for the “Denver Colorado Cañon and Pacific Railway,” […]

Tuesday Travel Feature: Cross Lake Minnesota

09 Feb
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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 water […]

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