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  • 1895 Atlas: United States(6313 clicks)
    By state. Some cities and towns.
  • 19th Century Caribbean Cholera TimeMap(242 clicks)
  • Africa Map(270 clicks)
  • Algeria(3287 clicks)
  • American Maps of the 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries(8735 clicks)
    This exhibit illustrates and describes a selection of original rare and historic maps chosen from the Map Collection of the University of Arizona Library. They portray a region of New Spain once called Pimería and chronicle four centuries of mapping from the earliest map of the region in the collection, a 1556 view of North and South America, up to the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 when Pimería Alta--or southern Arizona--was acquired by the United States from Mexico.
  • Ancient World Mapping Center(968 clicks)
    An interdisciplinary research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Animated Atlas of African History 1879-2002(253 clicks)
  • Animated History of European Mapmaking(1094 clicks)
    Explore the changing European view of the world in the animated history of maps across the centuries. Each map tells a unique story of contemporary knowledge, full of belief and prejudice.
  • Animated History of European Mapmaking(998 clicks)
    Explore the changing European view of the world in the animated history of maps across the centuries. Each map tells a unique story of contemporary knowledge, full of belief and prejudice.
  • Animated Maps of American History(991 clicks)
    A free short animation but mostly videos for sale.
  • Anterotesis(370 clicks)
    Being a list of Digital Humanities GIS (Geographical Information Systems) projects. See this post and this one for background. Not included here are projects directed at digitizing old maps; valuable though that is, what I list here are investigations. It is far from complete; I will be adding to it for the next few months, and then hopefully it will be replaced by a crowd-sourced version.
  • Argentina Map(4129 clicks)
    Shaded relief map from Texas.
  • Atlas of Early Printing(264 clicks)
  • Atlas of World History(2422 clicks)
    Computer map animation--a great new way to visualize history! 4000 year animation shows empires growing and countries changing. History of Europe, Africa, and Asia from the earliest countries to the year 1000.
  • Batanes Islands of the Philippines, Cultural Map(236 clicks)
  • Beijing in Transition: A Historical GIS Study of Urban Cultures, 1912-1937(264 clicks)
  • Belgian Historical GIS(231 clicks)
  • Bolivia(3274 clicks)
    Poltical map
  • Bomb Sight: Mapping he WW2 Bomb Census(352 clicks)
  • Boundaries of the 48 Contiguous States(4477 clicks)
    An animated image file showing the historical evolution of the boundaries of tne first 48 states.
  • British Library Map Collections(4904 clicks)
    "The focal point of the Map Collections is the Map Library which provides access to maps, atlases and globes of all parts of the world dating back to the 15th century. It also acts as a Library-wide advisory service for cartographic materials dating back to the early medieval period."
  • Cartographic Images(4588 clicks)
    Ancient, medieval, and renaissance maps.
  • Cleveland Historical(423 clicks)
    Cleveland Historical is a free mobile app that puts Cleveland history at your fingertips.
  • Colombia(3358 clicks)
    Topographical map.
  • Colonial America(6863 clicks)
    Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection
  • Color Landform Maps of the Inited States(3245 clicks)
    Topographic maps arranged by states.
  • Cultural Atlas of Australia(248 clicks)
  • David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog(438 clicks)
  • DECIMA(270 clicks)
    DECIMA is a powerful tool for exploring and interrogating the social, economic and sensory life of Florence under the rule of Duke Cosimo I (1519-1574).
  • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization(229 clicks)
  • Digital Atlas on the History of Europe since 1500(254 clicks)
    Digitaler Atlas zur Geschichte Europas seit 1500
  • Digital Augustan Rome(285 clicks)
  • Digital Gazetteer of Song Dynasty China(251 clicks)
  • Early Maps of the New World(3714 clicks)
    From Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection
  • Europe Map Archive(4558 clicks)
    Excellent resource from the University of Oregon.
  • European Discovery of the Pacific - A Cartographic Mystery(1305 clicks)
    "Dr Peter Whitfield is the author of several books on the history of mapping, including The Image of the World - Twenty Centuries of World Maps, The Mapping of the Heavens, The Charting of the Oceans - Ten Centuries of Maritime Maps, New Found Lands - Maps in the History of Exploration, Cities of the World: A History in Maps and London: A Life in Maps."
  • GEOSYNCHRONY(2221 clicks)
    World maps in Russian.
  • Grwth of a Nation. Animated Map(383 clicks)
  • Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library(2157 clicks)
    Great collection of old and current maps from the University of Georgia.
  • Herregårdskort 2013(311 clicks)
    Denmark mapping
  • Historic Cities Maps(825 clicks)
    This site is a joint project of the Historic Cities Center of the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish National and University Library. The project was made possible by a generous grant of the Council for Higher Education in Israel - Planning & Budgeting committee (VATAT). The site is intended to contain maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities and to facilitate the location of similar content on the web.
  • Historic Maps of Dutch Cartographers(2396 clicks)
  • Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean(909 clicks)
  • Historical Chart and Map Collection(2576 clicks)
    This site by the US Office of Coast Survey provides access to historic coastal charts and maps dating mainly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
  • Historical Maps of Paris(2408 clicks)
  • History of Mapping the Civil War(1581 clicks)
  • History of Religion(1240 clicks)
    The Geography of Faith and Its Wars Across History
  • Hungarian Maps(4547 clicks)
    Part of a larger collection of images on Hungary. Valuable to students and researchers. The maps cover all periods of Hungarian history.
  • IEG-MAPS(2599 clicks)
    "IEG-MAPS contains downloadable maps on five general themes: * Germany's territorial and political development since 1812; * German economic integration in the 19th century; * The administrative development of larger German territorial states since 1815; * The development of lines of transport (rail, road, inland navigations and canals); * Europe's territorial and political development since 1812; All maps can be viewed and downloaded (in Postscript and PDF formats)."
  • Images of early maps on the Web(1553 clicks)
  • Interactive Map of Iceland(2266 clicks)
    and scenic postcards.
  • John R. Borchert Map Library(2169 clicks)
    History of Cartography
  • Late 19th & Early 20th Century Latin American Maps(1192 clicks)
    Cities. University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.
  • Latin American Geography(2435 clicks)
    "Here are maps showing various aspects of Latin American geography: physical features (North America, South America), temperatures (January, July), rainfall, and vegetation."
  • Leventhal Map Center(1426 clicks)
    The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is a public private partnership launched in 2004 to preserve and provide free public access to the Boston Public Library's historically significant collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases.
  • Map History / History of Cartography(2573 clicks)
    "Whether you are a surfer, academic or collector - welcome. All the worthwhile information about early maps can be found here, directly or indirectly."
  • Map of Nicaragua(2465 clicks)
  • MapRef(817 clicks)
  • Maps for Students(1177 clicks)
  • Maps of the Americas(2931 clicks)
    The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Maps of War(872 clicks)
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    All kinds of maps. Has map games.
  • MILITARY MAPS OF WW2(3711 clicks)
    WW2 military maps
  • North America Map Archive(2662 clicks)
    Solely the US
  • North America Map Archive(2549 clicks)
    Historical maps.
  • Old Maps Pnline(383 clicks)
    "The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution."
  • Open Access Maps at NYPL (799 clicks)
    The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page, and downloaded (!), through the Map Warper. First, create an account, then click a map title and go. Here’s a primer and more extended blog post on the warper.
  • Panoramic Map Collection, US(2579 clicks)
    "The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective."
  • Perils of the Ocean in the Early Modern Era(703 clicks)
    by Roy Ritchie
  • Periodical Atlas of Europe(2711 clicks)
    "Depicting with accuracy the states of this continent every first day of each centennial year from AD 1 to AD 1700"
  • Periodical Historical Atlas(2626 clicks)
    This historical atlas is showing the political status of Europe as an instant description, at the end of each century from 1 to 1600 AD
  • Perry-Castanada Collection(4742 clicks)
    From a great map library
  • Portugal--Historic Atlas(222 clicks)
  • Radical Hackney after World War One(254 clicks)
  • Railroad Maps, 1828-1900(1626 clicks)
  • South American Maps(2251 clicks)
    Maps links.
  • The Barrington Atlas(2426 clicks)
    "The Barrington Atlas, created by the Classical Atlas Project, is a reference work of permanent value. It has an exceptionally broad appeal to everyone worldwide with an interest in ancient Greeks and Romans, the lands they penetrated, and the peoples and cultures they encountered in Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. Scholars and libraries should all find it essential, although it is not just for them. It is also for students, travelers and lovers of fine cartography."
  • The World of Maps(2353 clicks)
    Maps, spacial data and GIS on the Internet - and how to find them. Links to catalogues of map holdings, map collections and map archives,map curatorship and map history, map institutions, map events and many others ....
  • TimeMaps: Atlas of World History(1059 clicks)
  • Transportation maps(2439 clicks)
    Mostly Georgia but also Southern. Roads and railroads
  • Trésors de la Cartothèque de l'Université Laval(2075 clicks)
    In French. Maps.
  • US Maps(2681 clicks)
    Cultural maps.
  • Web Cartography(2503 clicks)
    " In the recent past map production was revolutionised by the advent of sophisticated computer software in the graphics industry and now an extremely rapid technological development is going on in the electronic dissemination of all kinds of information, including maps. Much of this dissemination is on the Internet, using the World Wide Web. Although web maps have some disadvantages compared to traditional paper maps, particularly in terms of size and portability, the virtual, temporary characteristics of web maps are advantages. These maps can be distributed easily and if changes occur, the supplier has to update only one single map and all the users immediately have access to the updated version. One other advantage is that most web maps are produced on demand. In some cases the user can decide which map to see and what its contents will be."
  • Weide's Map Page(1563 clicks)
    A full line of historic topgraphic and oil company maps. All maps are for trade, but can also be purchased.
  • Worldatlas(235 clicks)