Historical Maps of the United States and North America

First printed map of the American continents by Sebastian Münster (1554)
First printed map of the American continents by Sebastian Münster (1554)  

Map of the Americas by Frederik de Wit (1610)
Map of the Americas by Frederik de Wit (1610)


"Americae Nova Descriptio..." (1663)
"Americae Nova Descriptio..." (1663)



1681 map of the New World: New France & the Great Lakes in the north which shows the results of the expeditions of Father Marquette and L. Jolliet (1673) & the Cavelier de la Salle expedition in the Mississipi river valley
1681 map of the New World



New Netherland, by Nicolaas Visscher II (1684)
New Netherland, by Nicolaas Visscher II (1684)



Map of North America [Codfish map] (1720)
Map of North America [Codfish map] (1720)




Recens edita totius Novi Belgii in America Septentrionali siti (1730)
Recens edita totius Novi Belgii in America Septentrionali siti (1730)



North America and Greenland, with adjacent parts of Europe and Asia (1772).
This map was drawn by Gilles Robert de Vaugondy to illustrate the mythical voyage of Captain Cluny
North America and Greenland, with adjacent parts of Europe and Asia (1772)



A map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish settlements adjacent thereto, (1775)
A map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish settlements adjacent thereto, (1775)



11 proposed territories in the U.S. (1778)


The Thirteen Original States, 1783
The Thirteen Original States, 1783



"A new and correct map of the United States of North America" is the first map of the U.S. drawn and printed in the US by an American; it was printed in Connecticut by Abel Buell in March 1784, six months after the Treaty of Paris
 the first map of the U.S. drawn and printed in the US by an American (1784)


Ottoman map of the US from the Cedid Atlas (1803)
Ottoman map of the US from the Cedid Atlas (1803)


Map of the United States of America: with the contiguous British and Spanish possessions (1816)
Map of the United States of America: with the contiguous British and Spanish possessions (1816)


Atlas of North America that shows British Columbia (then apart of the Oregon Country) as an American possession (1826)
Atlas of North America that shows British Columbia (then apart of the Oregon Country) as an American possession (1826)


Map of the USA (1839)
Map of the USA (1839)




Map of America (1843)
Map of America (1843)




Mitchell Wall Map of the United States (1845)
Mitchell Wall Map of the United States (1845)



Political map of the United States (1850)
Political map of the United States (1850)


Ranney's new map of the United States (1854)
Ranney's new map of the United States (1854)


Map of the United States of America, Central America and northern South America (1857)
Map of the United States of America, Central America and northern South America (1857)



Map of the United States and Mexico (1859)
Map of the United States and Mexico (1859)



U.S. slave population (1860)
Map showing the distribution of the slave population of southern states of the United States compiled from the Census of 1860.
U.S. slave population (1860)


Confederate and Union Possession (December 31st, 1863)
Confederate and Union Possession (December 31st, 1863)



Lloyd's New Map of the United States (1864), showing every railroad and railroad station, in addition to the territories occupied by the USA and CSA as the civil war was ongoing.
Lloyd's New Map of the United States (1864)




The distribution of wealth (1870) Map compiled from the "Tables of True Valuation", Ninth Census of the United States 1870.
The distribution of wealth (1870)


River Systems of the United States (1870)
River Systems of the United States (1870)


Propaganda from 1888. Liberty begins in Plymouth under the guide of the Bible and takes U.S. across the Great Plains towards Immortality (i.e. San Francisco); Slavery, on the other hand, starts in Jamestown without any Bible and leads USA on the path to Hades (i.e. Abilene, Texas).
Propaganda from 1888.


Map of the United States Showing, in Six Degrees, the Density of Population (1890)
Map of the United States Showing, in Six Degrees, the Density of Population (1890)


Map of the United States showing Routes of Principal Explorers from 1501 to 1844. Engraved and printed by the U.S. Geological Survey (1907)
Map of the U.S. showing Routes of Principal Explorers from 1501 to 1844. Engraved and printed by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1907.



A 1917 map advocating for women's suffrage
"The Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba extended full suffrage to their women in 1916. Ontario gave them full suffrage in March 1917."
A 1917 map advocating for women's suffrage


Relative sizes of the United States and the European powers (1920)
Relative sizes of the United States and the European powers, 1920.


If  we enter a World War - and LOSE, Los Angeles Examiner (November 14, 1937)
The United States, with the greatest resources on earth, would suffer the fate of Poland, Austria and Germany - our prized lands would be divided among conquerors.
If  we enter a World War - and LOSE


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