Birds-eye View of New Orleans


Created by John Bachmann, this lithographic print provides a "bird's-eye" or aerial view of the bustling city of New Orleans, Louisiana in the mid-nineteenth century. A bird's-eye view is an elevated view of an object from the imagined perspective of a bird. Bird's-eye view maps, like this one of New Orleans, were extremely popular in the mid-to-late nineteenth century in the United States and... Read More »

Church of Saint Nicholas Mokryi, southeast view, Yaroslavl, Russia

Brumfield Collection

These photographs give something concrete to visualize and contextualize the past as they build their understanding of history.
Image of a compass taken on the Burke and Wills expedition

Burke and Wills – Terra Incognita

Supplementary material is easy to follow and fairly extensive... Information is included on the background to the expedition, its historical context, biographies of those involved, the preparation for and events of the expedition, and its aftermath.


With a catalogue containing sixty million pages of material spanning the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, scholars and educators will have no shortage of material to consult on every aspect of Canada’s past.

Cantino planisphere


The famous Cantino planisphere was made in 1502 by an anonymous Portuguese official at the request of Alberto Cantino, an Italian agent in Lisbon of Ercole d’Este, Duke of Ferrara. It is the earliest map showing the recent discoveries by the explorer Vasco da Gama, who, using a new portable version of astronomers’ astrolabe, charted Brazil, Newfoundland, Greenland, Africa, and India. Besides... Read More »

Thumbnail of landscape painting with a road bordered by palm trees, mountains in the distance

Caribbean Views

The online collection is of extraordinary quality, both in terms of the scanned images and the contextual detail provided.
Commonwealth of Independent States Map

Commonwealth of Independent States, Map 1994


This map outlines the political territories that took the place of the Soviet Union after 1991. The fifteen republics of the USSR became fifteen independent states: Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The boundary lines etched onto the Soviet map remained intact, but now... Read More »

Cuauhtémoc prisionero


This painting depicts a scene from the conquest of Mexico City by Spanish soldiers (led by Hernán Cortés) in the early sixteenth century. It appears to have belonged to a larger work, but this section is all that remains. The specific events in this portion of the painting focus on the capture of Cuauhtémoc, the ruler of the Aztec people. He had been hiding from the Spanish for 75 days, but... Read More »

Mosaic from Ancient City of Madaba, Jordan


In order to prevent the complete loss of these sites to history, the project works by keeping records of significant sites, and sharing and displaying these places using 3D modeling.
Departments of 1798

Departments of 1798


Map of 1798 France depicting the Departments and major urban centers.

This source is a part of the The Napoleonic Experience teaching module.