1886 Map World Imperial Federation, of the world showing the extent of the Briti

1886 Map World Imperial Federation, of the world showing the extent of the Briti

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Map size: 18x24 inches

Map Description: 1886 Map World Imperial Federation, of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886 Everything about the design of this elaborately decorated world Map |glorifies the late-19th-century British Empire. Cartographically it used a Mercator projection centered on the Greenwich Prime Meridian, placing Great Britain just above the map's central focal point. The Greenwich Prime Meridian (near London) was adopted as the international standard in October 1884. The British Isles, a s well as all of the British colonies spreading out to the east and the west, were highlighted with red, while other geographical areas were left blank with only a minimum number of place names. In addition, an inset box was placed near each of the major colonies, listing statistics about geographical area, population, and trade. The words "Freedom, Fraternity, Federation," suggesting a peaceful co-existence within the British Empire, were prominently placed along the map's top margin, World| Notes: Includes inset of a map of the world, showing the extent of British territories in 1786. Published as a supplement to The Graphic, July 24, 1886. Exhibited in “Journeys of the Imagination,” at the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, April - August 2006. MB (BRL)Subjects: World maps| Imperial federation--Maps| Great Britain--Colonies--Maps

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