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Historical Maps of India and South Asia
A list of online resources

May 2016

Making of maps or visual references of our world has been an important part of human history to make sense of where we live, travel or simply learn about. Maps of India and south Asian region have also existed since centuries. In this list, we bring you a cross section of historical maps that you may find online. Needless to say that the veracity or authenticity of information given in these maps exists with their respective designers/artists.

Map of India in the Age of the Mahabharata (World Digital Library)
https://www.wdl.org/en/item/144/

World History (3000 BC - 2013 AD) A video of history's timeline.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewd4l2rD2_U

India and South Asia: 1000BC - 200BC (TimeMaps)
Interactive map that shows basic details.
http://www.timemaps.com/history/south-asia-500bc

Map of India, 600 BCE
http://www.ancient.eu/image/321/

Map of Vijayanagar Empire, circa 1350 CE
https://jambudveep.wordpress.com/category/historical-map-of-india-project/

The Mughal Empire in Northern India 1500 - 1900 (A video)
https://youtube.com/watch?v=AWaOd-QYP8w

Historical maps of Indian towns and cities (1893, 1909, 1924)
http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/historical-maps-indian-towns-and-cities-
1893-1909-1924

India 1804 (interactive map using satellite map) David Rumsey Collection
Map shows the British colonies in India at the beginning of the 19th century.
David Rumsey's website allows users to plot many historical maps onto today's satellite imagery through Georeferencer (http://www.davidrumsey.com/view/georeferencer)
http://rumsey.geogarage.com/maps/g2310061.html

Historical Map of India 1700-1792
http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archive/india_1700.htm

Historical Map: The Beginnings of the British Dominion
http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archive/india_1783.htm

Map of Northern India: The Mutiny 1857-1859 (Principal centres of mutiny)
http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archive/india_1857.htm

The changing map of India from 1 AD to the 20th century
http://scroll.in/article/722369/the-changing-map-of-india-from-1-ad-to-the-20th-century

Historical Maps of India
http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~poyntz/India/maps.html

Historical and Political Maps of India
by Joaquín de Salas Vara de Rey (Euratlas)
http://www.euratlas.net/history/hisatlas/india/

Original home of the Aryan tribes and their migrations 1500 BC
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/india/images/map-1500bc-aryans.jpg

Tughlaq Rule
https://hyderabadhistory.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/tughlaq-map-e1426886948793.jpg

Delhi Khanate
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-liWvND3rEMg/USwUKkckU0I/AAAAAAAABjQ/2tyzzopj8nI/
s1600/MongolIndia.png

Tughlaq dynasty
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/medieval/roolvinkset/tughlaqmax.jpg

Khalji dynasty
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/medieval/roolvinkset/khaljimax.jpg

Empire of Mohammad bin Tughlaq
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/medieval/daviesset/1335max.jpg

India in 1398
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/medieval/daviesset/1398max.jpg

COLONIAL MAPS from c.1750 to c.1900 (Francis Pritchett)
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/colonial/colonial_index.html

The battle of PLASSEY, 1757 map
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/colonial/plassey1757/
plassey1757.html

"India" by Edward Weller, for the Weekly Dispatch Magazine, c.1859
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/colonial/wellermaps/
india1859/india1859.html

HISTORICAL SHAHJAHANABAD (1919) Urdu map
from Bashir ud-Din Ahmad Dihlavi, Vaqi'at ul-hukumat-e Dehli (Agra: Shams Machine Press, 1919)
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/colonial/bashir1919/bashir1919.html

Seven Cities of Delhi (Urdu)
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/colonial/bashir1919/sevencities.jpg

Qila-e Mu'alla: Red Fort of Delhi before 1857
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00maplinks/colonial/bashir1919/redfortpre1857.jpg

Mapping the cosmos: When religious symbolism meets historical maps (report on exhibition)
http://hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/mapping-the-cosmos-when-religious-
symbolism-meets-historical-maps/story-aFhmJDufcpxIX0VJetBetK.html

Maps and Map-making in India (University of Michigan)
http://www.lib.umich.edu/online-exhibits/exhibits/show/india-maps

Al-Idrisi to Ptolemy: Early Maps of India
http://www.lib.umich.edu/online-exhibits/exhibits/show/india-maps/early-maps

Military movements Bangladesh 1971 Liberation War
https://origins.osu.edu/sites/origins.osu.edu/files/Military%20movements%20of%20
Bangladesh_1971_Liberation.jpg

British India Map
https://origins.osu.edu/sites/origins.osu.edu/files/british-india-map.jpg

Durand Line Border between Afghanistan and Pakistan
https://origins.osu.edu/sites/origins.osu.edu/files/Durand_Line_Border_Between_
Afghanistan_And_Pakistan.jpg

British Indian Empire 1909
https://origins.osu.edu/sites/origins.osu.edu/files/British_Indian_Empire_1909_Imperial
_Gazetteer_of_India.jpg

Railway Maps and Geographic Resources (Indian Railways Fan Club)
http://irfca.org/docs/maps.html

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (India)
Some of the topographical maps featured on this page were produced by the CIA of United States. Some are from other sources.
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/india.html

Atlases and maps at Digital South Asia Library (University of Chicago)
http://dsal.uchicago.edu/maps/

50 centuries in 10 minutes (a video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp0tqdu7fH4

Animated map shows how religion spread around the world (a video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvFl6UBZLv4

Charting pre-historic human migration
Animated map shows how humans migrated across the globe (a video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJdT6QcSbQ0

Spread of the world's first writing systems
Animated map shows how the world's first written languages spread
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbp9AGGdJV8

Cosmology to Cartography A Cultural Journey of Indian Maps (Exhibition)
http://www.nationalmuseumindia.gov.in/pdfs/Concept-Note.pdf

This list is in progress. Please let us know if you know of some good Oral history archive on the Internet which concerns us and we may have missed. Please report if you find any dead links.

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