Maps and History

Recently I have been reading some books about maps and history. Of course, this is not something new for me. These are two subjects that I really enjoy.

Tonight I will share some of the books that I have read recently, or are at the top of my to-read list.

West of the Revolution, Claudio Saunt, History, Revolutionary War, An Uncommon History of 1776I recently read West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt.

This book had a lot of maps to go along with the history of what was happening in the rest of the United States during the Revolutionary War. We sometimes forget that there was a lot going on in North America outside the 13 colonies during that time period. The Spanish were in San Francisco, the Russians were along the Pacific coast and the British continued to trade with the Native Americans in the middle of the country.

Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, Kathleen DuValIndependence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal has a similar theme, but is set closer to the 13 colonies. This book looks at the Spanish, British, Native American and African groups who were on the edge of the revolution.

The book especially focuses on Louisiana, Florida and the Southern Confederation of Native America tribes. Their lives were greatly affected by the American Revolution. Some lost nearly all they had by supporting the rebels while others gained a lot.

I really liked the cover of this book with the old map of the gulf area.The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783 - 1789, Joseph J. Ellis, History, Pulitzer Prize AuthorThe Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783 – 1789 by Joseph J. Ellis is set in the decade after the Revolutionary War.

The quartet, which is comprised of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, help shape our country by leading the transition from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution.

I really enjoyed this look at how our Constitution was influenced by these four men.

I also enjoyed the great writing of Joseph J. Ellis. He is definitely one of my favorite authors from this time period. I wish that he would move back in time to the Colonial period and write about the early history of New England.

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, Simon GarfieldI am just starting to read On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield.

I have flipped through the pages and it looks like it will definitely be an interesting read. The book looks at the interrelationship between maps and history. A great cartographic adventure awaits.

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps thta Explain Everything About the World, Tim Marshall, Maps, CartographyPrisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall is another book about maps that is at the top of my to-read list.

I am really looking forward to this book as it helps explain how Geography has helped shape our world and how it continues to shape geopolitical strategies.

Now to find some more good history books to read 🙂

Steven

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