This is a reproduction of an absolutely breathtaking pictorial map of Alaska. Made to celebrate Alaska's statehood in 1959, the map focuses on the natural beauty and history of the former territory.
Six vignettes presenting historical events and places of significance flank the map on either side. These vignettes are as follows 1741 Vitus Berring responsible for discovering Alaska 1784 first settlement by Russians on Kodiak Island 1867 U.S. purchases Alaska from Russia (known as Seward's Folley) 1897 gold is discovered in Alaska 1900 Juneau made territorial capital 1959 President Eisenhower signs official proclamation making Alaska 49th state. The lower center of this map is punctuated with a compass rose crossed by an American flag and the new state flag of Alaska.
This map is a must have for anyone with interest or ties to the great frontier to the north known as Alaska.
What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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