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History Map Archive

History Map Archive
Browse the Map Archive The art and history of cartography, aka mapmaking, goes back to ancient times. Or at least what they thought it could look like. The Etymology Dictionary informs us that our English word map derives from the Latin word mappa, meaning napkin or cloth on which maps were drawn. The Map Archive This map collection is indexed chronologically and by continent. Some Map History and Trivia Here is Herodotus' Map of the World. MAP OF THE WORLD - HERODOTUS Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. And this little gem is a World Map compiled around 700 to 500 BC by the ancient Babylonians: Babylonian World Map British Museum London See more details about this ancient map provided by the British Museum. By the way, is Russia in Europe or in Asia? MAP OF EUROPEAN RUSSIA Source Unknown

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Explore georeferenced maps - Map images © Harris Corp, Earthstar Geographics LLC© 2016 IntermapEarthstar Geographics SIO© 2016 Microsoft Corporation© 2010 NAVTEQ© ANDTerms of Use© 2016 DigitalGlobeImage courtesy of NASAImage courtesy of USGS© Getmapping plc© 2016 GeoEye© 2016 Pasco© GeoContent / (p) IntergraphImage courtesy of the IndianaMapImage courtesy of the Nevada State Mapping Advisory Committee© 2016 InterAtlas© 2016 Eurosense© 2016 IGP© 2016 IGN© Province of British Columbia© 2016 Blom© 2016 Aerials ExpressImage courtesy of LAR-IACImage courtesy of ImagePatch.comState of Michigan© 2012 DigitalGlobe© 2010 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd, PSMA© 2010 Zenrin Periodis Web - Maps to be Used for the History of Europe Periodis Web - A Historical Atlas and Gazetteer of Europe from Year 1 to 2000 Europe in Year 2000 Europe in Year 1900 Europe in Year 1800

Victorian London in Incredible Detail Here’s a real treat. The National Library of Scotland’s Map Department, supported by David Rumsey, have taken some very high-resolution scans of the Ordnance Survey 1:1056 (that’s 60 inches to the mile!) set of 500+ maps of London issued between 1893 and 1896 and, crucially, reorientated and stitched them together, so that they can be presented seamlessly (using OpenLayers) on top of a “standard” Google web map or OpenStreetMap, with the base map acting as a modern context. The detail in these maps is breathtaking. In the above extract (direct link) of the eastern end of Fleet Street, you can see each individual alleyway. Much of London has of course changed in the intervening 120 years.

English Dissenters: Ranters Ranters embraced the general concept of the "indwelling spirit", a form of religious perfection. Whatever was done in the Spirit was considered justifiable to a Ranter. Man was therefore free of Sin and the Laws of Moses. The Perfect 22-Foot Map for Your Ancient Roman Road Trip A close-up of the Tabula Peutingeriana. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) If you’re planning a road trip in ancient Rome, you'll need two things: a time machine, and the Tabula Peutingeriana. The Thousand-Year Graveyard Badia Pozzeveri Churchyard, Altopascio, Italy—On a hot afternoon in July 2012, Giuseppe Vercellotti was digging up bones near the wall of an abandoned medieval church here, thinking about getting a cold drink, when he heard his students call his name. Faces glistening with sweat, they told him that they had found something strange buried half a meter down. Vercellotti took a look and saw a layer of lime, used in ancient times to squelch the stench of rotting corpses. When he tapped the hard layer with his trowel, it sounded hollow.

A sneak preview of 3D Imaging at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education Moving forward into the future of digitizing our cultural heritage, OML’s Digital Imaging Center is engaged in an innovative project to three-dimensionally image the library’s rare globe collection, the second-largest of its kind in a U.S. public institution. Generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Friends of the Osher Map Library support the conservation, and subsequent 3D imaging, of the collection's most threatened or valuable items. Digitization will make it possible for students and members of the public to manipulate and examine the rare globes online, preventing potential handling damage to these delicate objects.

The World Factbook The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Contact Information Submit questions or comments online Mass suicide at Pilenai: Lithuanian Defenders Choose Death over Enslavement The Crusades are best known as a series of military campaigns launched by Western European states, and sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church, aimed at reclaiming the Holy Land from the Muslims. Less well-known, perhaps, are the other wars sanctioned by the papacy, such as the Spanish Reconquista, the Albigensian Crusade and the Northern Crusades. It was during the Northern Crusades that a rather horrific episode in Lithuanian history occurred – the mass suicide at Pilenai, which is the largest known mass suicide in history. The hill fort bearing Margiris name in Punia, one of the many suggested locations of Pilėnai. Wikimedia Commons The Northern Crusades (also known as the Baltic Crusades) were carried out between the 11th to the 15th centuries.

Appalachian Mountain Club's Equipped: Nearly Every USGS Topo Map Ever Made. For Free. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been producing detailed topographic maps for more than 125 years. Today they are nearly all digitized and free to download through the USGS Map Store, an incredible treasure trove for both map junkies and casual hikers alike. The Holy Roman Empire was a complex adaptive system So a few weeks ago my son and I were watching the Crash Course World History series. In it John Green mentioned Voltaire's famous statement that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. A few days later, I found that the phrase "Holy Roman Empire" was still bouncing around in my mind. It seemed like it was trying to tell me something.

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