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Maps of South America

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The examples shown here are maps of South America held in the Maps Special Collection. Click on the thumbnail images to see a larger version of the maps. All maps are available for viewing in person whenever Special Collections is open.


Arrowsmith, Aaron, 1750-1823. Darien. London : Samuel Arrowsmith, 1828. Call number: G 4870 1828 .A77

From Arrowsmith's Outline of the World, 1828. Darien is located along the northern coast. The country indicated is Colombia because this map of Panama dates to before it became an independent country.

The original size of the map was too large for the scanner, so two sections were seamed together using Photoshop.

Map of Panama from 1828 before it was independent with the coasts outlined in red thumbnail


John Bartholomew and Son. South America. Philadelphia : T. Elwood Zell, Davis, and Company, [1863-1885?] Call number: G 5200 1900 .J63

The date on this map is uncertain. Since Colombia is listed as the "United States of Colombia," the map probably was created before 1885, when Colombia became the Republic of Colombia. It was called New Granada [Grenada]from1538 until 1863. Colombia lost Panama as a colony in 1903.

Map of South America with borders from before 1885 thumbnail

Reference: Infoplease.com. "Colombia." Available at: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107419.html [Oct. 9, 2003].


The Gallapagos [sic] Islands, Discovered and Described by Capt. Cowley in 1684. [S.l., s.n., 1800s?] Call number: G 5302 .G3 1684 .G35

The upper right corner indicates "Vol. I, Page 79" and it is possible that this map was originally part of a 19th century book or atlas.

Map depicting the Galapagos Islands as observed in 1684 with the land areas colored in green thumbnail


Kitchin, Thomas, d. 1784. South America, Drawn from the Best Authorities: Regulated by Astron. Observat. [S.l., s.n., 1790?] Call number: G 5200 1790z .K57

Map of South America from 1790 with hand colored borders thumbnail


Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594. Fretum Magellani. Dordrecht : A. Bottius, 1610. Call number: G 5332 .T5 1610 .M47

From Mercator's Atlas Minor, 1610. Text in Latin on the verso.

Map of the Strait of Magellan from 1610 with a red, blue, and yellow cartouche thumbnail


Moll, Herman, d. 1732 : A Map of Terra Firma, Peru Amazoneland, Brasil, & the North Part of La Plata. London : T. Bowles and J. Bowles, [1732?]

Moll, Herman, d. 1732. : Chili, Patagonia, La Plata, and Ye South of Brasil.London : T. Bowles and J. Bowles, [1732?]

Both maps are from Moll's Atlas Minor, 1732? Call number: G 5200 1732 .M652

Although the two maps appears as though they are two halves, they are from two different parts of Moll's book. The northern section is from Volume 3, page 233 while the southern section is from Volume 3, page 367.

map of South America from 1732 with the country borders in orange. Northern section thumbnail.

map of South America from 1732 with the country borders in orange. Southern section thumbnail.


Rapkin, J. South America. London: John Tallis and Company, 1851. Call number: G 5200 1851 .R36

Vignettes by J. Marchant and engraved by J. Rogers.

map of South America from 1851 thumbnail

Detail of map


Young, J. H. (James Hamilton). No.10 Map of South America, Engraved to Illustrate Mitchell's School and Family Geography. Connecticut : S. Augustus Mitchell, 1839. Call number: G 5200 1839 .Y68

Map of South America from 1839 with the countries shown in different colors thumbnail


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