Pictorial Maps of the United States
Explore US history with these maps of national parks, folklore, 1930s Greyhound bus routes, and more!
What Happens When Rising Seas Shift Maritime Borders?
Some countries argue that they should keep their ocean territories, even if the land they're based on is submerged.
The Meaning of Racist Place Names
In one river town in central Illinois, a wetlands called N— Lake was scapegoated for destructive flooding.
Deep Mapping with Tim Robinson
By walking his way around an island off the coast of Ireland, the late artist broke with cartography's origins in marking ownership and conquest.
“Beating the Bounds”
How did people find out where their local boundaries were before there were reliable maps?
The 1876 Map of the World’s Ecozones That Still Holds Up
The 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace created a visualization that tied different species to specific regions of the world.
Persuasive Cartography: An Interview with Map Collector PJ Mode
A collection of rare maps explores their power as visual messengers.
Maps Showed People Their Worlds
In the 19th century, most Americans weren't used to seeing maps of their communities. New forms of color lithography changed all that.
The Font Detectives
For typography experts like Thomas Phinney, the history of the printed word is crucial to weeding out fraud.
Is Gerrymandering to Blame for Our Polarized Politics?
Gerrymandering is the process by which districts for the House of Representatives are drawn so that one party has a distinct election advantage.