GeoHistory: Map of the World, 1689

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New Mexico by michaelwhitney via Flickr

Recently, I’ve been devouring my daily subscription to How to Be a Retronaut, and  one of today’s entries is no exception.  The author has provided a zoom map of the world from 1689 that became an exciting game of “see what you can find/identify”.  My daughter got several right that were more obvious, and we both were in awe of the span of Florida and then New Mexico.  The label Mongolia that led all the way deep into India was also an eye opener.

We keep thinking of borders so fixedly in our minds, and discussions of history seem abstract until we look at a map from a time period of great fluctuation and discover how much has changed (and how much hasn’t).

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