Old Map of India, Pakistan & Bangladesh by Carey, 1814: Hindoostan, Ceylon, Burma, Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal
Old Map of India, Pakistan & Bangladesh by Carey, 1814: Hindoostan, Ceylon, Burma, Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal
Old Map of India, Pakistan & Bangladesh by Carey, 1814: Hindoostan, Ceylon, Burma, Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal
Old Map of India, Pakistan & Bangladesh by Carey, 1814: Hindoostan, Ceylon, Burma, Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal

Old Map of India, Pakistan & Bangladesh by Carey, 1814: Hindoostan, Ceylon, Burma, Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal

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"An Accurate Map of Hindostan and India, from the best Authorities" is an extraordinary piece of cartographic history, meticulously crafted by Mathew Carey in 1814. Carey, a renowned publisher based in Philadelphia, was one of the pioneering figures in American mapmaking, and this map stands as a testament to his exceptional skill and dedication. The map's focus is on the countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, but it extends its reach to include the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, north to Tibet and Kabul. This wide geographical scope, combined with the map's detailed political and physical representations, make it a fascinating depiction of the region during the early 19th century.

The map's primary subject is India, but it also provides a detailed depiction of the surrounding regions, including Hindoostan, Ceylon, Burma, the Andaman Islands, and the Bay of Bengal. These areas are represented with remarkable precision, reflecting Carey's commitment to accuracy and detail. The map's style is both political and physical, offering a comprehensive view of the region's political boundaries and physical landscapes. The result is a richly layered representation that provides a wealth of information about the region's geography and political landscape.

Carey's map is particularly notable for its depiction of India, which was one of the first of its kind to be printed in America. The map provides a detailed view of the country's cities, towns, and regions, as well as its natural phenomena and landmarks. It also provides a glimpse into the historical context of the time, offering a unique perspective on the region's political and geographical changes during the early 19th century.

In conclusion, "An Accurate Map of Hindostan and India, from the best Authorities" is a remarkable piece of cartographic history. Its detailed representation of India and the surrounding regions, combined with its historical significance as one of the first maps of India printed in America, make it a valuable addition to any collection. The map's careful attention to detail, from its precise depiction of cities and towns to its intricate rendering of natural phenomena and landmarks, reflects Carey's commitment to accuracy and his skill as a mapmaker. This map is not just a geographical representation, but a window into the past, offering a unique perspective on a fascinating region during a pivotal moment in history.

Given the map's focus on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as the surrounding regions, the following points of interest are covered:

India:

  • Major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata
  • Historic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • The Ganges River, a significant natural feature
  • The Thar Desert, another notable natural feature

Pakistan:

  • Major cities like Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad
  • The Indus River, a significant natural feature
  • The Khyber Pass, a historic trade route

Bangladesh:

  • Major cities like Dhaka and Chittagong
  • The Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world
  • The Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, a significant natural feature

Hindoostan:

  • Major cities like Varanasi and Jaipur
  • The Himalayan Mountain Range, a significant natural feature
  • Historic landmarks such as the Red Fort in Delhi

Ceylon (Modern Day Sri Lanka):

  • Major cities like Colombo and Kandy
  • The Central Highlands, a significant natural feature
  • Historic landmarks such as the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy

Burma (Modern Day Myanmar):

  • Major cities like Yangon and Mandalay
  • The Irrawaddy River, a significant natural feature
  • Historic landmarks such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Andaman Islands:

  • The Great Andamanese tribes, indigenous inhabitants of the islands
  • The unique biodiversity of the islands

Bay of Bengal:

  • The significant role it plays in the region's climate
  • The Sundarbans Delta, the world's largest delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

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The model in the listing images is holding the 18x18in (45x55cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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