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- This 1894 map of Bolivia highlights the country’s main geographic features, including the Andes Mountains in the west and the lowlands in the east. The map shows major towns and cities, the capitals of departments, departmental borders, completed and projected railroads, highways, and navigable rivers. Mines for copper, gold, silver, and tin are indicated, reflecting Bolivia’s role as a major mineral producer. Neighboring parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, and Peru are shown. Territory in the northeastern part of the country, near the border with Brazil, is identified as “Unexplored.” An unusual feature of the map is the setting of the prime meridian at the capital city of La Paz (approximately 68° W), rather than at Greenwich, United Kingdom, which was standard practice among mapmakers at that time. The map was issued by William M. Bradley & Company, a prominent late-19th century publisher of maps and atlases based in Philadelphia.
William M. Bradley and Company, Philadelphia
Type of Item
- 1 map: color ; 31 x 26 centimeters
- Scale around 1 inch to 6,740,000 feet