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HISTORY MAP ARCHIVE
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The art and history of cartography, aka mapmaking, goes back to ancient times.

The oldest maps found so far date from about 2300 BC and were created by the Babylonians, who drew their maps on clay tablets.

The Egyptians, too, were busy mapmakers.

All these maps were focused on specific areas of the world.

It took the philosophizing Greeks to get us maps of the entire world, maps of the earth and the globe.


Or at least what they thought it could look like.


The Etymology Dictionary informs us that our English word map derives from the Latin word mappa, meaning napkin or cloth on which maps were drawn.



The Map Archive

This map collection is indexed chronologically and by continent.

 


Some Map History and Trivia

Here is Herodotus' Map of the World.

Herodotus: Map of the World
MAP OF THE WORLD - HERODOTUS
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

 

And this little gem is a World Map compiled around 700 to 500 BC by the ancient Babylonians:

Babylonian World Map
Babylonian World Map
British Museum London


See
more details about this ancient map provided by the British Museum.

 

By the way, is Russia in Europe or in Asia? Here is your answer.

MAP OF EUROPEAN RUSSIA
MAP OF EUROPEAN RUSSIA
Source Unknown

 

 

 



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Frequently Viewed Maps

Map of the Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC
Map of the Battle of Thermopylae 480 BC


Map of Ancient Thrace
Map of Ancient Thrace


Europe 1648
Map of Europe in 1648


World Map 1700 - 1763
World Map 1700-1763


Map of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1848
Map of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 1848









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Also called the Persian Wars, the Greco-Persian Wars were fought for almost half a century from 492 BC - 449 BC. Greece won against enormous odds. Here is more:

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Battle of Thermopylae
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