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Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

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map of Pacific Ocean, 1589 by Abraham Ortelius

Pacific Ocean 1589 by Abraham Ortelius

Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) Map Collection has more than 46,000 map images available online from a collection of 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. The PCL home page highlights maps of current interest: Mali; Egypt, Syria, and the Middle East; Senkaku Islands dispute, and a U.S. drought map. It also provides links by continent and, in some cases, region maps of general interest. An FAQs page covers printing and copyright issues.

Historical Maps are gathered under the same continental and special interest headings. One map under Historical Maps of Australia and the Pacific by Abraham Ortelius is a 1589 depiction of the Pacific Ocean. Pacific Ocean 1589 (5MB) shows a huge southern land mass labeled Terra Australis, an expectation first raised by Aristotle and Ptolemy who believed that northern land masses were balanced by yet undiscovered lands in the south. If a user can’t find an image of a map, PCL provides links to additional off-site sources.

Thematic Maps houses maps that show climate, energy, ethnography and religion, industry and economy, land use, military, and population. Links to thematic maps on other websites provide many more.

As explained on the FAQs page, most of the PCL maps are in the public domain and can be used or printed without permission, though PCL does appreciate credit to “University of Texas Libraries” as the source of scanned images. Some maps are copyrighted and are clearly marked. The same is true of off-site images. The quality of many images will permit large printed copies. Local printing services can accommodate poster size printing.



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