Book on dating maps
It is fascinating to see how countries and cities have changed their names over the decades, and the results of wars that have moved boundaries.
Some people collect globes because they often show the tracks and routes that explorers took as they learned about our planet.
Remember, globe manufacturers did not always change the names of countries and boundaries immediately. Name changed to Iran in 1935 o Does your globe have Constantinople or Istanbul? 1910 - Union of South Africa (Confirm this) 1910-1945 - Korea was called Chosen by Japan 1910 the four main republics in the region united as the Union of South Africa. Petersburg was renamed Petrograd (1914-1924), thereafter Leningrad, until its original name (St.
1963 the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland dissolves. Singapore independence 1966 - Botswana, Gambia, and Lesotho independent. Bangladesh independence 1972 - Ceylon changes to Sri Lanka 1973 - Bahamas independence 1974 - Guinea-Bissau independence. 1975 - Angola (formally Portuguese West Africa) and Mozambique independent.
Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form new country: Tanzania 1965 - Southern Rhodesia independent (later became Zimbabwe in 1979 or 1980).
At one point it covered 400,000 square miles and was the largest country in Europe.
According to Steven Seegel, in his 2012 "Mapping Europe's Borderlands," it "...comprised parts of 14 Central and East European countries -- Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, and Ukraine..." My focus here is the area represented today by the three Baltic republics, eastern Poland, the Kaliningrad Oblast,and Belarus -- if you or your ancestors are from these areas, you will find maps here of interest.
The first known road map was created by Ehrhard Etzlaub around 1495...