Monday, October 27, 2014

Reading a Map to Cure Historical Amnesia

Map of the United States- title in Ottoman Turkish, 1803. Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine.
Map of the United States- title in Ottoman Turkish, 1803.
Image Courtesy of Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine.
October 20, 2014.
Steve Russell, of Indian Country Today, has written an interesting article about this 1803 map of North America which was published for the Ottoman Empire.

"The Ottoman map does make note that there were nations in addition to the colonial nations. The map describes territory as “Government of the Six Indian Nations” and divides the Great Sioux Nation into Eastern (Siyu-yu Şarkî) and Western (Siyu-yu Garbî). It’s not clear whether the cartographer understood “Algonquin” as a language group or how much territory Algonquin speaking peoples roamed. The Chippewa are noted separately, and they are Algonquin speakers."

To read the full article, click here.

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