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Early Irish maps from State Papers c.1558 - c.1610

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Early Irish maps from State Papers c.1558 - c.1610
 
The Irish National Archives has launched a new collection of 70 historic Irish maps dating from 1558 to 1610. This spans the period of time when the English were colonizing Ireland. These colorful and fascinating maps were often used as a tool by English colonists who were claiming land ownership from native Irish residents. The maps were also used by the English government to inform and influence government policy. The time period also coincides with the rise of mapmaking as a profession and many of the maps show amazing and colorful details such as rabbits and other woodland creatures. For anyone with Irish ancestry, these maps are definitely worth looking at. Access is free.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/irishmaps.asp
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