Introducing our latest uploads, from race riots in the US to the Hanseatic League in Europe...
New Uploads for Autumn
We've been busy adding a range of new maps to the site. Highlights include a set of new US Civil War maps, a set of maps that traces the development of the United States 1840–1920, and maps on a range of subjects as diverse as the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Henry Hudson's last voyage 1610–11, France in 1030 and the US Federal highway system in 1925. It's time to start exploring!
The Hanseatic League was a medieval trans-national trading association, with powerful 'free cities' that were independent of the Holy Roman Emperor. The Hanse cleared the Baltic of pirates and privateers and became rich on a trade in timber, amber, honey, furs, wax and flax. From the US Civil War to the era of Martin Luther King, our map of race riots and non-violent demonstrations traces a century of protest in the US against discriminatory 'Jim Crow' laws. In 18th-century India the East India Company became rich and powerful on trade in cotton, indigo, opium and sugar. Wielding its own private army, it gained control of huge swathes of Indian territory, including the once-powerful Mughal Empire.
Maps Tell Stories: The Industrial Revolution
Our new set of maps on the Industrial Revolution tells the story of Britain's industrial take-off, and how the use of coal and steam liberated energy resources that were harnessed through a plethora of industrial inventions. Coalbrookdale in Shropshire was the Industrial Revolution's 'Silicon Valley', with Abrahams Darby I, II and III the tech titans of their day.
Steam power propelled the Industrial Revolution and Newcomen's and Watt's steam engines transformed manufacturing processes. The evolution of Britain's extensive canal system in the late 18th century was a transport revolution, providing a reliable and inexpensive way of transporting goods and commodities over large distances. By 1800 over 50 per cent of Britain's exports were to the US, seamlessly replacing European markets made inaccessible by Napoleon's blockade.
New for Subscribers
We've listened to our customers: some of our subscribers don't want to 'Add to Basket' and would prefer to download direct on a map-by-map basis; others like to browse and explore and accumulate a selection in the basket before downloading. So now we're offering both options; subscribers will see the new 'Direct Download' button on every product page.
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