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What is the logic for the map maker classifying the map this way, specifically in Canada?

That looks to me a lot like a map of (in the instance of the Gray areas) where there were active independence movements going on, particularly with far-right party backing. Quebec: This province has ...
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Which period is this game map supposed to represent?

1400 A notable feature of this map is the English possession of Western France, which means that it's no later than 1453, when France took Bordeaux. Since in the Diplomacy game you color only the ...
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When the Portuguese began the exploration of the West African Coast, did they believe the Indian Ocean was an enclosed sea?

What a wonderful question! Dom Henrique is one of the chief characters of this story, and that means we need to explore him more than the general Portuguese knowledge. These explorations as a whole ...
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What is the logic for the map maker classifying the map this way, specifically in Canada?

The main purpose is – per caption – to illustrate the varying degrees of censorship: Dictatorial Control of the Agencies of Public Communication Varying Degrees of Control, Censorship and ...
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Which period is this game map supposed to represent?

This map is not historically accurate. For example there is an entity called "Prussia" and an entity called "Novgorod", while in reality they never existed at the same time. It's a mixture of maybe ...
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Was Goryeo part of the Mongol empire?

There are a few parts to the question: Scope of Mongol Yuan Ulus (incl Goryeo) Autonomy of the Goryeo dynasty To what extent was this vassal state relationship extended? (as provided by OP, above). ...
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When would the Japanese have been able to recognize their archipelago?

Realistically speaking a reasonably knowledgeable Japanese person would've been able to spot Japan on a world map, based on the islands' relative position to Korea and China. This is probably true ...
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Have map projections and distortions ever affected treaties?

One example would seem to be the 1867 treaty by which the United States purchased Alaska from Russia. The issues that arose are described Michael Byers and James Baker by in their book International ...
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Where can I find a world map from the Victorian period?

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 ...
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What was the first map of Antarctica having a shape based on real evidence?

General answer: it will probably depend what you define as "the shape". Ultimately, once landfall was made on opposite coasts (1820-1840), and land was proven to be there, it was a matter of looking ...
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When did inadequate or inaccurate maps produce important historical consequences?

Treaty of Tordesillas defined a division of new lands between Spain and Portugal along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands. Since it was so difficult to define where that meridian ...
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What was the extent of Japanese control after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs and before surrender?

http://omniatlas.com/maps/eastasia/19450815/ has a map that shows the Empire of Japan. It was very big even during the surrender.
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How old is Philippe Buache's map of New Discoveries?

The date depends on whether one is referring to date of completion or date of printing. The map was completed by April 1750 but the 1st edition was not printed until June 1752. The earliest public ...
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Where can I find maps and other historical resources / references of Calcutta / Kolkata in the Victorian era?

Maps and Images There are several sites which have maps of Calcutta around the period you are interested in: Bengali Cultural Heritage has maps from 1842 to 1910, including several from the 1850s. ...
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When did inadequate or inaccurate maps produce important historical consequences?

Delaware Bad maps are the whole reason for Delaware's existence. Ownership of the west shore of Delaware Bay had been controversial because of the Swedish and Dutch settlements that had preceded the ...
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Where to get historical Finland railways map for 1939 year?

The National Land Survey of Finland site has digital maps from before 1939 available for viewing, including Karelia (below).
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Has Mohenjo-daro been reconstructed?

There's an article here with details and reconstruction pictures like this one. Most of the site is small houses and you can see from photos many have not been reconstructed but there is still a lot ...
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How to build historical maps?

For me, this is not a question of "where is a tool to do cartography for me" but rather "how do I build a map that shows what I want to show". The first is something that doesn't exist, at least in a ...
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Can anyone explain why the Scottish flag on this map from 1504 has a red cross on a white background?

I recently looked at this question again, and thought it might be another example of the colorization process being inaccurate. I thought to find other copies of this map (or other works at least by ...
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When did inadequate or inaccurate maps produce important historical consequences?

After the mutiny of the Bounty in 1789, Christian Fletcher's group of 9 mutinees and 20 abducted Tahitians decided to settle on Pitcairn Island, which had already been discovered but was wrongly ...
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When the Portuguese began the exploration of the West African Coast, did they believe the Indian Ocean was an enclosed sea?

gktscrk answers the question directly but, although it is true that there were legends and fears, and simple minded sailors, it is absolutely false that the elite did not expect to find anything ...
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When was the use of detailed maps for military campaigns widely adopted?

To add to Pieter Geerkens great answer, another forerunner to modern military mapping is of course the Roy Military Survey of Scotland produced from 1747 to 1755. The whole map is available online. ...
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What was the extent of Japanese control after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs and before surrender?

I am adding a map of 1942, to show Japan's maximum extent, to contrast with the excellent map put up by Sadiq. Compared with 1942, Japan had lost most of Burma to the British, and most of Manchuria ...
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How to build historical maps?

No, there is no universal, online tool for making arbitrary historical maps. As comments showed, certain tools can offer some insight into matters of historical geography, but publications that need ...
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Did 15th century Europeans not know about south-east Asia?

Europeans knew about China, India, and South-East Asia. In fact, at the time, the Indies referred collectively both to what we would call the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia. As can be seen in ...
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Who was the first Renaissance cartographer to include rich content in their maps that went beyond spatial points, borders, and location names?

(Update) Recently I encountered some single edition maps, and one map and cartographer in particular that seems to better exemplify your question. The cartographer would be Olaus Magnus, and his map ...
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What is a "Schwedenschanze" on an 1830's map of Eastern Bavaria?

This is not what the name seems to imply. The name is indeed based on Sweden and sconce, but the structure is definitively not from that time and was built originally under much different ...
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What was the first map of Antarctica having a shape based on real evidence?

A very interesting question, as it turns out. The coast of Antarctica wasn't definitively sighted until about 1820, so no globe until then would have featured it. I found this pocket globe made by ...
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Naming of (strategic) hills on a map as numbers (example Hill 60)

As near as I can tell, it is standard Army practice to label hills in an operating area by their height in meters. That means for all those hills you listed, the number is their height. This is ...
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