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Maps: How do I read a map?

This interactive exercise is designed for students. Students examine a map of the Bohemian Kingdom (part of the present Czech Republic) from the middle of the 18th century, and use their mouse to pick out key features of the map: orientation, scale, longitude, latitude, etc.

Maps: What can maps tell us?

This interactive exercise is designed for students. Students use a 19th-century map, and some educated guessing, to figure out how cholera spread in the city of London. The exercise demonstrates how using a map helped end cholera’s reign as one of the deadliest human diseases in history.

Maps: Who made this map? When and why?

This interactive exercise is designed for students. As students work through this exercise, they’ll see four maps of Jerusalem. They are asked to think about which details the mapmaker chose to include in the map and why, and then try to match it with its producer or purpose.

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