Persia, Afghanistan and Baluchistan


Chicago-based Rand McNally became a major publisher of atlases, maps, globes, and travel guides in the United States in the second half of the 19th century. This map of Persia (as Iran was known until 1935), Afghanistan, and Baluchistan is from the 1898 edition of Rand, McNally & Cos. Indexed Atlas of the World, Containing Large Scale Maps of Every Country and Civil Division upon the Face of the Globe, Together with Historical, Statistical and Descriptive Matter Relative to Each. The atlas contains two volumes, one with maps of the United States, the other with maps of foreign countries. This map features a list of the provinces, islands, mountains, rivers, and towns on the map, as well as short descriptive essays about the countries depicted. Baluchistan is a region bounded by Iran on the west, Afghanistan on the north, and the Arabian Sea to the south. A historic invasion route to India, it was crossed by Alexander the Great in 325 BC. In the late 19th century it came under British control. In 1947 it became part of Pakistan.

Last updated: September 30, 2016