[WGF:10] New Editions to My Beloved Map Collection


My brother got me an awesome Christmas present! Not one, but TWO antique maps. One is of Asia in the 1850s and the other is South America in 1897. There are a few countries on the Asia map that I’ve never heard of before, like Beeloochistan and Turkestan. There are also a few countries missing, such as Oman and Yemen. Some are there but not countries yet (Mongolia) and some that were in The King and I but have changed since (Siam). I thought that a map from that time period would be rougher around the edges, or unfinished, but the northern coastline of the Russian Empire, along the Artic Ocean, is surprisingly detailed.

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South America has gone through fewer changes as far as countries coming and going, but as you’ll see on this very similar map, the borders have shifted somewhat in the past 113 years.

While perusing the Wikipedia page on South America just now, I learned some exciting things about my favorite continent:

South America is home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela; the largest river (by volume), the Amazon River; the longest mountain range, the Andes (whose highest mountain, Aconcagua at 6,962 m [22,841 ft] is the highest in the Americas); the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert; the largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest; the highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia; the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca; and, excluding research stations in Antarctica, the world’s southernmost permanently inhabited community, Puerto Toro, Chile.

Speaking of the southernmost permanently inhabited community, remember the time I went to the southernmost city in the world? It’s also in South America.

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