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If you desire to travel around the world with just a few clicks, you may wish to peruse the cornucopia of maps and atlases collected by the Wisconsin Historical Society. All told, there are more than 3,000 maps currently available online with the majority focusing on the Badger State, the Midwest, and the United States more broadly. It is worth noting that approximately 80 percent of the collection predates 1900. A good place to start is with Browse Selected Items, which contains a lovely 1908 map of Madison, Wisconsin and a 1596 map of the Americas based on the geography of Ortelius. Moving on, the Browse More Maps area contains hundreds of additional maps from specific publications, including the Wisconsin Magazine of History and Wisconsin County Histories. Visitors can also just browse around via title, date of creation, and map creator. Perhaps one of the most remarkable maps in this collection is the 1698 map titled, "A New World Between New-Mexico and the Frozen Sea.â While it may not be scientifically accurate in the strictest sense, it is a magical trip through the product of an inventive mind working from conjecture and some basic information about the area.
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