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Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

offers lesson plans built around historically important maps on 18 topics: Columbus's world (1482), an Indian map of the Southeast (1721), Captain Cook and Hawaii (1778), "Nouvelle Orleans" and nearby French settlements (1723), the road from Missouri to Oregon (1843), turnpikes, canals, and railroads (1835), the transcontinental rail network (1878), a British plan of Boston (1775), World War II (1944), a farm in Illinois (1874), and Los Angeles (1979), and more. (Newberry Library, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

The most important geographic and cartographic source of the European Renaissance was actually compiled in the Second Century, C.E. (A.D.), by the Greco-Roman scholar Claudius Ptolemy (or Ptolemaeus; ca. 90-168), who lived in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, home of a marvelous ancient library that was destroyed in the Third Century.
'Mitchell's Map of the United States.' Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1835. Newberry Library call number: H6083.58.

The United States, 1835

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