Map of the Republic of Colombia


This 1891 map of Colombia depicts the main physical features and administrative divisions of the country. It shows national and departmental borders, the capitals of departments, other cities, villages, railroads (completed and projected), and highways. Present-day Panama, which did not become independent until 1903, is still shown as a department of Colombia. The railroad across the Isthmus of Panama, from Colón to Panama City, is indicated, but the Panama Canal has not yet been built. The eastern part of the country is shown as thinly settled and not well mapped, but the many tributaries flowing southeastward into the Amazon are clearly visible. Parts of the neighboring countries of Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru are shown. An unusual feature of the map is the setting of the prime meridian at the capital city of Bogota (approximately 74°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.

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William M. Bradley and Company, Philadelphia


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1 map : mounted on linen, color ; 29 x 26 centimeters


  • Scale around 1 inch to 6,336,000 feet

Last updated: May 29, 2013