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Maps for HIST1301, Part One

Download/Print MAP EXERCISE 1
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History and Geography go hand in hand. Below are links to maps that help illustrate the discovery, exploration and colonization of what is now the United States.

Click on each map to see a larger image.

READ THIS BEFORE BEGINNING THE EXERICSE: The appearance of some of these early maps will not the same as those to which you are accustomed. Human knowledge of geography did not begin to significantly advance until after the early exploration period. For this reason, you may find this first exercise a little more difficult than it would be otherwise, but take heart: as you move forward in time, you will find that the shapes of continents and place names will be more familiar to you. It may help if you compare modern day maps with the antique maps below. Here's a helpful link to a National Geographic Society Modern Map of the World.

European Map of the World, before 1492

Antiquissima Orbis Delineatio European Map of the World before 1492 (Source: Library of Congress)

Columbus' Four Voyages, 1492-1503

Columbus' Four Voyages, 1492-1503
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Waldseemuller World Map 1507

Martin Waldseemüller Map of the World, 1507
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Map of Drake's Voyage Around the World, 1579

Vera Totius Expeditionis Nautica(Map of Drake's Voyage Around the World), 1579
(Source: Library of Congress)

Map of the Indian Tribes, about 1600

Map of the Indian Tribes, about 1600
(Source: Library of Congress)

Virginia Company Chart, 1606

Virginia Company Chart, 1606
(Source: New York Public Library)

Virginia Map, 1606

John Smith's Virginia Map, 1606
(Source: Library of Congress)

John Smith's New England map, 1616

John Smith's New England map, 1616
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Virginia and Maryland, 1751

Virginia and Maryland, 1751
(Source: Library of Congress)

Southern Colonies, 1752

Southern Colonies, 1752
(Source: Library of Congress)

English Empire in America, 1755

English Empire in America, 1755
(Source: Library of Congress)

A general map of the Middle British Colonies in America, 1771

A general map of the Middle British Colonies in America, 1771
(Source: Library of Congress)

Some tips for viewing maps:

When you click on the "thumbnail" image of each map, it will display the map, which may start out as a large image, then suddently go smaller. This is perfectly normal. Put your mouse over the image and you will see a small magnifying glass icon. Click on the image with the icon over it and the map will become large again. Then you can use the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to view the sections of the map you need to see.

If you prefer, download the map by right-clicking on it with your mouse. When a pop-up menu appears, select "Save image as" and then save it to some place on the hard drive of your computer. Afterward you can print the image using image editing software such as Photoshop or Paint Shop or if you have Windows XP or Windows 7, you can print the image directly from Windows Explorer.


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