Cartography, Politics, and Mischief: Gilman’s 1848 Map of the United States

This 1848 map proved more useful in Congress for its statistical data than for its colorful depiction of U.S. geographic contours. In December 1848, the U.S. General Land Office produced a map of the United States by its principal draftsman, Ephraim Gilman. It displayed all of the existing states, territories, proposed territories, and the area[…]

Largest Early World Map Set to Be Unveiled at Rumsey Map Center

Urbano Monte’s planisphere, digitally stitched together. Source: Rumsey Map Center By Ahmed Kabil / 02.01.2018 Historian Near the end of a century of unprecedented change, four Japanese boys stopped in Milan on their way back home to Japan. They’d been sent as the first Japanese Embassy to Europe three years earlier by the Jesuit missionary Alesandro Valignano. Their[…]