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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing full-text, fully searchable content from a broad range of primary sources. Selected with the guidance of an international team of expert advisors, these primary sources are invaluable for a wide range of academic disciplines and areas of study, providing never before possible research opportunities for one of the most studied historical periods. Archives published in the program include works in Western as well as non-Western languages, and are sourced from rare collections at libraries and other venerable institutions from around the globe.

With a series of fully searchable historical maps at its core, Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Mapping The World: Maps And Travel Literature provides geographical images from the areas spanning the globe. The 19th century encompassed tremendous growth in maps and mapmaking as the field of cartography gained visibility and professional standards. Mapping of the world during this time period was driven by massive industrialization and exploration. As people ventured further from traditional population centers, tourism created a new market for reliable maps. Likewise, as colonialism was prominent during this period, many maps of the time reflect the colonial ambitions of the day. These same maps also offered perspective to a fledgling new literary genre: the travel diary.

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