Topic: Geography

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Jefferson’s Sixth Annual Message to Congress

President Jefferson delivered this address to Congress a few months after Lewis and Clark returned from their expedition. In a message dominated by foreign policy problems and issues,...
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Les Isles Britanniques

This early eighteenth century map of England and Ireland was printed in France and provided a detailed rendering of the local jurisdictions within the country. The mapmaker, Guillame...
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Map of Africa

This 1725 map of Africa reflects a British understanding of the internal organization and divisions within the continent. Cloth, guns, and other goods were sold to Africans in...
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Map of British Empire in America

Englishman Henry Popple produced this colorful map of the British Empire in 1733. The shapes of certain land masses and the locations of some places are inaccurate, but...
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Map of Carolina

This 1732 map shows English claims in the southeastern part of North America. South Carolina land-holders received royal permission, or a charter, from the British crown in 1663...
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Map of London

The German mapmaker George Seutter made this colorful map of London in 1750. At the time, London was the largest city in Europe, the capital of Great Britain,...
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Map of the United States of America

This map reflects the boundaries of the United States in 1783. These boundaries were established by the Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783, which ended the...
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Map of the United States of North America

This 1785 map was one of the first to show the United States as an independent nation. The Treaty of Paris that ended the War of Independence made...
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Map of Virginia

This map was produced by Herman Boye in 1826. At the time, Virginia’s territory included what is now the separate state of West Virginia. Boye decorated his map...
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Mitchell Map

John Mitchell was born on Virginia, but he was living in England when he made this map in 1755. In his “Map of the British and French Dominions...