Old Map of Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands by Stanford, 1901: Port Moresby, Coral Sea, Solomon Sea, New Britain, Torres Strait
Old Map of Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands by Stanford, 1901: Port Moresby, Coral Sea, Solomon Sea, New Britain, Torres Strait
Old Map of Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands by Stanford, 1901: Port Moresby, Coral Sea, Solomon Sea, New Britain, Torres Strait
Old Map of Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands by Stanford, 1901: Port Moresby, Coral Sea, Solomon Sea, New Britain, Torres Strait

Old Map of Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands by Stanford, 1901: Port Moresby, Coral Sea, Solomon Sea, New Britain, Torres Strait

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Step back in time with Edward Stanford's meticulously crafted 1901 map, "New Guinea & the Solomon Islands." This historical masterpiece offers a vivid glimpse into the geopolitical landscape of the early 20th century. Stanford, a renowned London-based cartographer, was celebrated for his precision and artistry in mapmaking. His work not only charted territories but also captured the essence of an era marked by exploration and colonial expansion. This map, in particular, delineates the intricate political boundaries and colonial territories of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, reflecting the European powers' influence in the South Pacific.

The map's full-color presentation and detailed relief, shown by hachures and spot heights, bring the diverse topography of the region to life. From the rugged mountain ranges of New Guinea to the scattered archipelagos of the Solomon Islands, every geographical feature is meticulously rendered. The use of hachures to indicate slopes and spot heights to mark elevations provides a three-dimensional perspective, allowing viewers to appreciate the varied terrain. Bodies of water such as the South Pacific Ocean, Solomon Sea, Coral Sea, and Gulf of Papua are prominently featured, underscoring the region's maritime significance.

Stanford's map is a treasure trove of historical and geographical information. It highlights the colonial divisions of New Guinea, with territories marked as German, British, and Dutch. The map also includes adjacent regions like the Admiralty Islands, Louisiade Archipelago, and parts of Queensland, Australia. These colonial boundaries offer a snapshot of the geopolitical dynamics at the turn of the century, reflecting the strategic interests and territorial claims of European powers. The map serves as a historical document, providing valuable insights into the colonial era's geopolitical landscape in the South Pacific.

The map is adorned with the names of various cities and towns, each holding its own historical significance. In Papua New Guinea, notable settlements such as Port Moresby, Samarai, and Finschhafen are marked, each playing a crucial role in the region's colonial history. The Solomon Islands feature key locations like Gizo, Tulagi, and Honiara, which have evolved into important urban centers over the years. These settlements, depicted on the map, offer a fascinating glimpse into the region's urban development and historical evolution.

Beyond the political and urban details, the map also captures the natural beauty and complexity of the region. It showcases significant bodies of water, mountain ranges, and islands, each contributing to the area's rich natural heritage. The depiction of features like the Torres Strait, Iron Gulf, and Huon Gulf highlights the region's maritime routes and natural barriers. This blend of natural and political elements makes Stanford's map not just a cartographic artifact but a window into the historical and geographical tapestry of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Cities and towns on this map

  • Papua New Guinea:
  • Port Moresby
  • Samarai
  • Rigo
  • Morobe
  • Finschhafen
  • Madang
  • Aitape
  • Wewak
  • Solomon Islands:
  • Gizo
  • Tulagi
  • Auki
  • Kirakira
  • Honiara

Notable Features & Landmarks

  • Bodies of water:
  • South Pacific Ocean
  • Solomon Sea
  • Coral Sea
  • Gulf of Papua
  • Torres Strait
  • Iron Gulf
  • Huon Gulf
  • Borders:
  • Colonial boundaries of German New Guinea, British New Guinea, and Dutch New Guinea
  • Mountains:
  • Various mountain ranges and peaks indicated by hachures and labeled spot heights
  • Other notable features:
  • Various islands such as Admiralty Islands, New Britain, New Ireland, and the Louisiade Archipelago

Historical and design context

  • Mapmaker/Publisher: Edward Stanford, a prominent London-based cartographer known for high-quality maps and atlases.
  • Date of creation: 1901
  • Full color: The map uses full color to differentiate various regions and features.
  • Relief shown by hachures and spot heights: Depicts the physical terrain and elevation.
  • Political boundaries: Shows the political divisions and colonial territories of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
  • Colonial context: Reflects the colonial interests and divisions of the time, with regions labeled according to their colonial rulers.
  • Countries and regions shown: New Guinea (divided into German, British, and Dutch territories), Solomon Islands, Admiralty Islands, Louisiade Archipelago, and parts of Queensland, Australia.
  • Design and style: Classic early 20th-century cartographic style, emphasizing clarity and detail.
  • Historical significance: Provides insight into the colonial era's geopolitical landscape in the South Pacific.

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