The World Seen Through Maps Since The Age of Discovery up until The 1970’s

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The World Seen Through Maps Since The Age of Discovery up until The 1970’s

Lets take a look at how the world has changed over the past several centuries. We’ll begin to look at the world starting with the Age of Discovery in the mid 14th century, when the Portuguese Empire first began to set sail for the unknown. We’ll look at how the balance of power shifted from one Empire to the next and how people looked at the world during those times.

The Age of Discovery 1340-1600 

From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.
From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.

The World XVI Century

From The Public Schools Historical Atlas by C. Colbeck, 1905
From The Public Schools Historical Atlas by C. Colbeck, 1905

Wytfliet’s Map of the World 1598

From The Scottish Geographical Magazine Vol. XVI, No. 1, 1900.
From The Scottish Geographical Magazine Vol. XVI, No. 1, 1900.

The Spread of Colonization, 1600-1700

Includes these inset maps: Partition of Guiana and the West Indies 1600-1700; India; The Establishment of Dutch Power in the Malay Archipelago, 1602-1641; and Guinea Coast. From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.
Includes these inset maps: Partition of Guiana and the West Indies 1600-1700; India; The Establishment of Dutch Power in the Malay Archipelago, 1602-1641; and Guinea Coast. From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.

The Struggle for Colonial Dominion, 1700-1763

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Insets: The West Indies, 1700-1763. Cook’s Voyages in the Southern Pacific. From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1923.

The World 1772

From The Public Schools Historical Atlas by C. Colbeck, 1905
From The Public Schools Historical Atlas by C. Colbeck, 1905

The World on Mercators Projection 1820

From The Cyclopaedia or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature by Abraham Rees, 1820.
From The Cyclopaedia or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature by Abraham Rees, 1820.

The Notable High Buildings of the World 1896

From Rand, McNally & Co.'s Universal Atlas of The World. Edition 1896.
From Rand, McNally & Co.’s Universal Atlas of The World. Edition 1896.

The World: Colonial Possessions and Commercial Highways 1910

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From Cambridge Modern History Atlas, 1912

The Distribution of the Principal European Languages 1911

From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.
From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.

Present Distribution of Europeans, Chinese, Japanese and Negroes 1911

From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.
From Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.

The World 1914

[Saikin Sekai Zu / Latest World Map], published by Shou Hisou, 1914 (3rd year, Taisho Era). Map of the progress of the war with detailed map of Tsingtao. Our thanks go to Juan Ysidro Tineo Alvarado for providing this map scan and translation.
[Saikin Sekai Zu / Latest World Map], published by Shou Hisou, 1914 (3rd year, Taisho Era). Map of the progress of the war with detailed map of Tsingtao. Our thanks go to Juan Ysidro Tineo Alvarado for providing this map scan and translation.

Density of Population 1918

From The British Dominions Year Book, 1918
From The British Dominions Year Book, 1918

NATO: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization 1970

From Nuclear Weapons and NATO: Analytical Survey of Literature by United States Department of the Army, 1970.
From Nuclear Weapons and NATO: Analytical Survey of Literature by United States Department of the Army, 1970.

United States Collective Defense Arrangements 1967

From Nuclear Weapons and NATO: Analytical Survey of Literature by United States Department of the Army, 1970.
From Nuclear Weapons and NATO: Analytical Survey of Literature by United States Department of the Army, 1970.