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Wikimedia Commons Atlas of the World

The Wikimedia Atlas of the World is an organized and commented collection of geographical, political and historical maps available at Wikimedia Commons.
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The introductions of the country, dependency and region entries are in the native languages and in English. The other introductions are in English.
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Old maps

Facsimile atlas
Old maps of the world

The Ptolemy world map (circa 150, redrawn in the 15th century)
The world map from the Saint-Sever Beatus, made at the Abbey of St. Sever in about 1050
The world map of Al-Idrisi (1154; this copy 1456)
The Tabula Rogeriana, drawn by Al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154.
The Hereford Mappa Mundi (1300)
The Ebstorf(er) World Map, about 1300; earlier assumed to be made by Gervase of Tilbury around 1234 but less probable nowadays.
The Vinland map is purportedly a 15th-century mappa mundi, redrawn from a 13th-century original. It's suggested that it is a forgery.
The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu (China, 1389)
Kangnido Map (Korea, 1402)
The De Virga world map (1411-1415)
The Fra Mauro map (1459)
Map from Hartmann Schedels Worldchronic from 1493
The Cantino planisphere (1502)
Martin Waldseemüller Map 1507
Ruysch map 1507-1508
Map of Pietro Coppo, Venice, published in 1520
World Map by Oronce Fine, 1536
The Ptolemaic geocentric model of the Universe according to the Portuguese cosmographer and cartographer Bartolomeu Velho, 1568
World map from the first modern atlas by Ortelius - Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570)
World Map by Johannes Kepler (1627)
Map of the world (Blaeu, 1635)
Map of the World with insets, Herman Moll et al., 1709
Map of the World from The Cyclopedia or Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature, Abraham Rees, 1820

Notes and references


General remarks:

  • The WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Atlas of the World is an organized and commented collection of geographical, political and historical maps available at Wikimedia Commons. The main page is therefore the portal to maps and cartography on Wikimedia. That page contains links to entries by country, continent and by topic as well as general notes and references.
  • Every entry has an introduction section in English. If other languages are native and/or official in an entity, introductions in other languages are added in separate sections. The text of the introduction(s) is based on the content of the Wikipedia encyclopedia. For sources of the introduction see therefore the Wikipedia entries linked to. The same goes for the texts in the history sections.
  • Historical maps are included in the continent, country and dependency entries.
  • The status of various entities is disputed. See the content for the entities concerned.
  • The maps of former countries that are more or less continued by a present-day country or had a territory included in only one or two countries are included in the atlas of the present-day country. For example the Ottoman Empire can be found in the Atlas of Turkey.

Entries available in the atlas

General pages
Continents and oceans
Historical eras
States with wide recognition
States with limited recognition
Dependencies and other overseas territories
Country subdivisions
China (mainland)
United Kingdom
United States
Disputed subnational territories
Other regions
Former sovereign states
Former dependencies and overseas territories
Former disputed territories