A History of America in 100 Maps

Susan Schulten
Published by British Library Publishing

Susan Schulten explores the story of the continent in A History of America in 100 Maps.

One hundred maps from the British Library’s collection tell the story of American history in this stunningly illustrated new book. Each map is an important document in its own right and each is illustrated in full colour; but the maps are also a point of departure to discuss larger ideas and problems. Susan Schulten, renowned historian of American cartography, uses maps that vary in scale, geography, approach, style and theme to chart the development of North American society from the colonial period to the early 21st century.

Some of the maps included were highly influential at the time of their creation – such as John Fremont’s maps of the Oregon Trail – while others are less familiar but equally powerful and informative. For example, a map of vice in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the Gilded Age. Every example is visually compelling and, as a collection, they present a fascinating, sometimes provocative account of American history – from the first chart of the terrain produced by the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia, to the present day. Major themes include exploration, reconnaissance, boundaries; conflict, war, conquest; expansion, migration, settlement; power, population, progress; nature, leisure, transport and tourism. 

Published by British Library Publishing

272 pages

100 colour illustrations


280 mm x 220 mm

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