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I'm looking for a (preferably open-source) decently quality political map of the world from around 1890 (1885-1900 would be usable for what I want). I don't have a lot of experience looking for maps or other historical documents, and Googling hasn't given me any real information.

So, where should I be looking for a map like this at?

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    Are you looking for a map published around 1890, or a modern map showing the world in 1890? – Michael Seifert Aug 16 '18 at 18:26
  • I was looking for a map published around 1890. – jeanquilt Aug 19 '18 at 0:41
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There are some atlases for 1890 or thereabouts on the internet archive. This one here is exactly 1890.

The world-wide atlas of modern geography, political and physical, containing one hundred and twelve plates and complete index [cartographic material]

There are plenty of others at this link (but not necessarily 1890).

https://archive.org/details/normanbleventhalmapcenter

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University of Alabama has a large digital collection of historical maps grouped by region and period of publication. Here are the world maps for 1876-1900, and it's a long list with thumbnail images and publication details. But unfortunately, the image links don't work! It's really a shame this site is not maintained but with some searching you may be able to track down images on archive.org or elsewhere.

Here are a few other sites with searchable collections of historical maps, and some relevant examples I found on each with just a quick search.

  • Here are the world maps for 1876-1900 great, but clicking anywhere on this website gives me an error message "bad request". – Bregalad Apr 24 at 15:17
  • @Bregalad Yes, I mentioned this problem in my answer. If you see something promising on there you can try searching elsewhere for it based on the details. – Brian Z Apr 24 at 19:07

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