historical maps

A section of a 1-4th century map showing the area now known as Great Britain. The ocean is a dark green color and the land is a light grey with dark writing.

Medieval Peutinger Map | Book Review

G.T. Dempsey

The Peutinger Map (Tabula Peutingeriana) is a unique medieval replica of a Roman route map from the late fourth to early fifth centuries.

A detailed look at the Latin phrase for "here be dragons" on a 16th century globe.

Here Be Dragons: The Facts and Fictions of Mapmakers

Elizabeth Borneman

A common myth is that ‘Hic Sunt Dracones’ (here be dragons) was used frequently on maps throughout history.

[Map of California shown as an island], Joan Vinckeboon, ca. 1650.

California as an Island

Caitlin Dempsey

Well into the 17th and 18th centuries, cartographers created maps of the region showing California separated from the mainland by a strait.

A look at the detail on the 1801 Kent Map from the Ordnance Survey.

What Was the First Map Issued by the Ordnance Survey?

Caitlin Dempsey

The first Ordnance Survey map was issued in 1801.

Map fan from China: Da Qing yi tong er shi san sheng yu di quan tu, 1890. Source: Library of Congress.

Maps on Fans

Caitlin Dempsey

Maps can be found on a variety of items, including hand fans.

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