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Customizable Maps of Europe, Asia, Etc.

By Martin W. Lewis | March 28, 2016 |

This final GeoCurrents post offering free customizable maps provides maps of Europe, southern and eastern Asia, southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa, and the exclusive economic zones of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Two versions of the Asia map are provided, one of which is superimposed on physical map. These customizable are available at the link at the bottom of …

Customizable Maps of China and India

By Martin W. Lewis | March 27, 2016 |

Today’s GeoCurrents post offers free customizable maps of China and India. The India map, based on the country’s states,  lacks the union territories, which are either too small or too distantly located (the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) to make it on the map. The northern and western portions of the territory of Jammu and Kashmir that are occupied by Pakistan …

Customizable Maps of the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Yemen

By Martin W. Lewis | March 26, 2016 | 3 Comments

Today’s GeoCurrents post offers free customizable maps of Venezuela, Yemen, and the United Kingdom. Those of Venezuela and Yemen are based on their main subdivisions, which are governorates in the case of Yemen and states in that of Venezuela. In regard to the United Kingdom, the situation is much more complicated. The UK’s main divisions are its “constituent countries”: England, Scotland, Wales, …

Customizable Maps of Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Belgium, and South Korea

By Martin W. Lewis | March 24, 2016 |

Today’s GeoCurrents post offers free customizable maps of Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Belgium,and South Korea. All are based on the main subdivisions of the countries in question: counties in the case of Kenya, regions in that of Ghana, regional states (kililoch) in that of Ethiopia, and provinces in those of Belgium and South Korea. Since many of Kenya’s counties are relatively …

Customizable Maps of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Indonesia

By Martin W. Lewis | March 18, 2016 |

Today’s GeoCurrents post provides free customizable maps of the provinces of Iran, the provinces of Indonesia, the states of Malaysia, and the regions of Saudi Arabia. An additional map shows the major cities of Iran as well as the country’s provinces. These maps are constructed with simple presentation software, available in both PowerPoint and Keynote formats. To obtain these customizable …

Customizable Maps of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Ecuador

By Martin W. Lewis | March 15, 2016 |

Dear Readers,
As it is taking longer than expected to distribute all of the GeoCurrents customizable maps, I have decided to expedite the process. As a result, I have not done anything with the maps that I am making available in today’s post other than color in the provinces, regions, states, etc. of the countries in questions, which are Mexico, Argentina, …

Customizable Maps of Brazil and Colombia, and Brazilian Social Development

By Martin W. Lewis | March 9, 2016 | One Comment

But regardless of what one thinks of either Lula or of Brazil’s current situation, the progress that it made in the last decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st is difficult to deny.

Customizable Maps of Switzerland and Poland, and Swiss Per Capita GDP by Canton

By Martin W. Lewis | March 4, 2016 | One Comment

The high levels of economic production found in Geneva, the city of Basel, and Zurich were not unexpected—but that of Zug was. But as it turns out, the answer here is simple.

Customizable Base Maps of Italy

By Martin W. Lewis | February 24, 2016 |

As can be seen, the poorest regions of Italy are all plagued by high extortion rates.

Italy Autonomous Regions MapFinally, I have included as well a simple map showing Italy’s autonomous regions. The issue of regional autonomy in Italy, however, is rather complicated. As noted in the Wikipedia, “all the regions except

Customizable Maps of France, and the New French Regions

By Martin W. Lewis | February 22, 2016 | One Comment

Two maps of French regions are necessary, as France reformed its regional structure early this year.

Nationalist Defacement of Maps at Stanford University

By Martin W. Lewis | February 16, 2016 | 8 Comments

Mapping the world is becoming an increasingly fraught endeavor, with both cartographers and those who use their products being taken to task for their failure to depict the geopolitical framework in a certain way. I have received threatening email messages, for example, after posting maps of India that did not include areas claimed by that country but controlled by Pakistan …

Base-Maps of the Philippines & Linguistic/Regional Controversies in the Archipelago

By Martin W. Lewis | January 27, 2016 | 10 Comments

GeoCurrents is continuing its distribution of customizable base-maps, constructed in easy-to-use presentation software. (The files are found at the bottom of this post, in both PowerPoint and Keynote [preferred] formats.) Today’s contribution is a province-level map of the Philippines. This map is available in several versions (with province names and without them, in color and in grey, aggregated into regions, …

Using GC Customizable Maps in the Classroom: Population Density in California

By Martin W. Lewis | January 8, 2016 | 2 Comments

The customizable maps that GeoCurrents is releasing to the public have many potential classroom uses, as this post will seek to demonstrate. Manipulating such maps is a good way to learn some of the fundamental elements of cartography, and can be useful as well for gaining basic geographical knowledge. It is one thing to merely look at a map, and …

Mapping Early Modern Japan as a Multi-State System

By Martin W. Lewis | January 3, 2016 | 2 Comments

As numerous GeoCurrents posts have noted, the basic world political map is a misleading document, as it implies that the geopolitical order is much simpler than it actually is. The deceptive simplicity of the standard view is doubly problematic when applied to earlier times, when sovereignty was generally even more slippery than it is at present, and when clearly demarcated …

Customizable Maps of the United States, and U.S. Population Growth

By Martin W. Lewis | December 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

New sets of customizable maps of the United States are now available for download, in both PowerPoint and Keynote formats (see the end of this post). Three maps are included in each presentation-software set. The first simply has the outlines of the states, as well as the District of Columbia (note that Alaska and Hawaii are mapped out-of-scale and in …

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