About the maps

Map of California from the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas of the World. Railroads were a dominant means of transportation; they are shown on the maps instead of roads. Irvine appears in Orange County in the Southern California inset (and in the more detailed slice of the map at the head of the "Contact me" page). At that time, Irvine was not a town but an immense ranch (the Irvine Ranch).

Web source: http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html

In this 1845 French map, titled "Amérique Septentrionale," Texas is independent and the U.S. southwest is part of "Mexique." The map comes from the Atlas Universel Illustré.

Web source: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/maps/

Abraham Ortelius published an atlas in 1570 in Antwerp. This map, "Typus Orbis Terrarum" (and the section of it on the "Current papers" page), comes from that atlas. The image belongs to the University of Amsterdam Library.

Web source: http://www.uba.uva.nl/nl/collecties/kaarten/ortelius/cat22.html