The map above shows how long the Ottoman Empire ruled the various parts of the Western Balkans. Some regions were ruled for over 500 years, whereas others were ruled for less than a century and some were never conquered at all.
1988 East German Map of West Berlin
The map above is one of our favourites. It shows (or rather doesn’t show) West Berlin in 1988. It was published in East Germany just one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
1927 Paramount Studio Map Of California Filming Locations That Look Like Foreign Countries & Regions
The map above shows potential filming locations in California that best depict international countries and regions.
United States of Greater Austria: Based On Ethnic Groups In the Austro-Hungarian Empire
The map above shows what a United States of Greater Austria might have looked like.
It’s based a proposal conceived by the lawyer and politician Aurel Popovici in 1906. The proposal has been superimposed on a map of the ethnic groups of Austria-Hungary in 1910 which is based on “Distribution of Races in Austria-Hungary” from the Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911.
Legal Status of Jews By European Country Around 1500
The map above gives a very general overview of the legal status of Jews in various major European countries around the year 1500.
Interestingly, the two European countries with the largest Jewish populations today (France: 465,000; UK: 270,000) both had Jewish bans in 1500.
Land Reclamation in the Netherlands 1300 Vs 2000
The map comparison above shows what the land area of what makes up the Netherlands today, looked like in 1300 compared to what it looked like in 2000.
Around 17% of the country’s current land area has been reclaimed from the sea or lakes.
You can see a gif of this process below:
Map of Europe, 1500 AD
The map above shows the patchwork of kingdoms, principalities, bishoprics, duchies, republics, cities, sultanates, etc. in and around Europe in 1500 CE/AD.
Travel Time from Ancient Rome
The map above is an Isochrone map which shows how long it would have taken someone to travel from Rome to the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire at its peak (roughly 200 CE/AD).
Travelling within the core of the Empire could have be done in under a week, but travelling all the way to the fringes would have taken someone more than a month.
Every Bomb Dropped By The British & Americans During WW2
The map above shows every bomb dropped by the British and Americans during World War 2, along with a limited amount of bombs dropped by the Australians, South Africans, and New Zealanders.
Population Density Of The 13 American Colonies In 1775
The map above shows the population density of the original thirteen American colonies, the year before they declared independence. Even back then, what would become the Boston–Washington Corridor was clearly evident.
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