Friday, August 22, 2014

Colonial

This is fun - apparently the first Ottoman map of the United States, "published in Turkey during the first Barbary War (1801-05). Ottoman translation of William Faden's "General Atlas of the World," London, 1790-99." It was already well out of date when published - these thirteen colonies quickly stretched their western borders, and the Louisiana Purchase was just around the corner - but a startling reminder of how recently and how quickly the European takeover of North America happened...

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