Colonial Maps and Motivations
Visit the Osher Map Library and learn how the competitors for land in present day New England saw and mapped the landscape and its resources.
Grade Levels: 3-12
Time Allotment: 40-50 minutes for classroom visits; 75-90 minutes for field trips
Maine Social Studies Standards:
C1: Economic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
C2: Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Economics
D1: Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
E1: Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
E2: Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in History
Intended to be completed in the classroom before the scheduled field trip or class visit, the pre-teaching activity will give students some familiarity with the terms, ideas, and visuals, that they will see during the actual visit.
Guided Inquiry Exercise
During this portion of the visit, students will be asked to look closely at twelve to twenty maps that fit within the curriculum theme. Each student will need to find: (1) something they recognize from previous class lessons or from the pre-teaching activity (2) something they find interesting and want to point out to their classmates; (3) something they would like to know more about.
Examples of Items Used:
(Set of maps will likely vary from visit to visit)
- Map Showing Battle Sites of King Philip's War, 1677
- John Smith's Map of New England, 1613-1637
- Map of 'Nieu Nederlandt' with View of 'Nieu Amsterdam', 1651-1730
- 'Beaver' Map of New England, 1732
OML curriculum themes have optional hands-on activities or group-games that can be done in conjunction with the Guided Inquiry exercise.
*For large groups or groups with a flexible time frame, take a peek at our related partnership program,
New England & Portland in the Colonial Era with the Tate House Museum.