- Easier - People
have used maps to locate places, measure distances,
plan trips, and find their way.
- Harder - The
colonization of the Americas by Europeans created a
need for many new maps. As pioneers moved westward,
explorers and army engineers mapped trails and
surveyed government lands.
- This website includes around 750 maps from
3,000 B.C. to 1700 A.D. arranged by historical
Map Collection at the Hargrett Library (Univ. of
- Early maps in this collection are of Colonial
and Revolutionary America, the period of Union and
Expansion, the Civil War, historical maps of
Georgia, and rail, river, and highway maps.
- Specific Map-sections Within the
- 2) Reconstruction and Expansion (United States
from after the Civil War to 1884) http://scarlett.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/expand.html
- 3) Revolutionary America http://scarlett.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/revamer.html
Collections-1544 to 1999 (American Memory at the
Library of Congress)
- Americana and Cartographic Treasure; images
created from maps and atlases and are restricted to
items that are not covered by copyright
- Other Map-sections Within American
- 2) Mapping the National Parks http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/nphtml/
- 3) Discovery and Exploration of the Americas
Library Map Collection (Univ. of Texas at
- Here are thousands of maps from all over the
world are available, including historical maps
of the U.S.
- Links-page at Perry-Castañeda
Library Map Collection:
- 2) Historical Map Web Sites
- Choose and complete a project
using historical maps:
- Be A Map Detective. Select a
historical map from one of the websites
below. Then visit Mapquest
and find a map of the same area today.
Compare and contrast the two maps.
Speculate on why the location has evolved
to its present form. Construct a series of
transparent overlays that show how the
location has evolved over time.
- Compare/Contrast Two Locations.
Find historical maps of two different
locations that were made near the same
time period. Compare and contrast the two
different locations based on what you
- Uncover An Old Map. Locate the
earliest map of the town, city or area
where you live. Use the resources of your
local public library or a regional
historical society. If you are unable to
find a historical map, create a map that
you think might have been accurate years
ago. Write a fictional story about someone
who might have used the historical
- Pretend You are an Explorer or
Settler. Select a historical map.
Visualize what the area would have been
like long ago. Pretend you are moving into
the location. What type of business,
enterprise, or job would you be involved
with? Where would you locate and why? What
type of changes would you make?
- A Dozen More Historical Map
American Civil War1861-1865
- This collection of maps maps show where
Civil War battles were fought in each state, as
well as brief descriptions of the battles.
California Explorers from Magellan maps.
- You can see the dates and routes taken by
Ulloa, Cabrillo, and Vizcaino while exploring
the coastal area that later became
- Other California Historical
- 2) Gutierrez Map (First Map of
- 3) Map of California in 1895 from the Color
Landform Atlas of the United States http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/1895/ca_1895.jpg
of First Three Crusades from Catholic
- Here is a map of the countries bordering on
the Mediterranean at the time of the First
Crusade and the routes of the first three
- More Crusade Maps:
- 2) Second and Third Crusades (Fordham
- 3) Routes of the Fourth and Later Crusades
- 4) Syria and the Holy Land at the Time of
the Crusades (Catholic Encyclopedia) http://www.newadvent.org/images/04543cdx.jpg
the West from Monticello (University of
- This exhibit usies historical maps to trace
the westward exploration in NorthAmerica. It
features facts on the Lewis and Clark
- Other Lewis and Clark Mapsites:
- 2) Route West (Lewis and Clark) http://www.ndlewisandclark.com/lg_map_out.html
- 3) Route East (Lewis and Clark) http://www.ndlewisandclark.com/lg_map_rtrn.html
- 4) Maps (PBS Online-Lewis and Clark)
- Another University of Virginia
- 5) U.S. Territorial Maps 1775-1920 http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MAP/terr_hp.html
Earth & the Heavens: The Art of the
- This is a British library exhibit with some
of the oldest historical maps that mapmakers
used to try to determine the shape of the earth
and of the cosmos.
Maps from Early America (Archiving Early
- Here you find maps and information of some
early battles, as well as a map of Boston.
- This is the links-page at the University of
Kansas Thomas R. Smith Map Collection.
- View a selection of worldwide historical
maps from the University of Oxford's Bodleian
Library Map Room.
of Ancient Greece
- Here you can compare how the Greeks mapped
their civilization with how it really
of the Byzantine World
- This map is from the University of
Michigan's Byzantium exhibit.
Nautical Master Charts
- This website shows a changing World view by
comparing views of sailing charts of 1440 to
maps of 1516.
States in 1895
- It takes a while to download this map from the
Color Landform Atlas of the United States.
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