Persia, Arabia, Et cetera


This map appeared in A New Universal Atlas, published in 1846 by Henry Schenck Tanner, an early American geographer and cartographer. This map shows the political and geographic features of the Arabian Peninsula, using the traditional divisions of Arabia Petraea, Arabia Deserta, and Arabia Felix. Also shown are the region of the Hedjaz with the cities of Mecca and Medina, and Al-Dahna (present-day Kuwait and southern Iraq). The key in the bottom right differentiates between capitals, important towns, and smaller towns by means of starred and shaded circles. The boundaries of the Arabian emirates are not clearly demarcated. The provincial divisions of the Persian Empire are shown, with each province color coded. The region between Persia and British India includes Balkh (in present-day northern Afghanistan), at this time under the rule of the Emirate of Bukhara; Afghanistan; and Belochistan (present-day Baluchistan in Pakistan and Iran).

Last updated: April 27, 2015