Maps at Home – Education: Portland History

 

Use these activities and maps of Portland from the Revolutionary War to the beginning of the twentieth century to investigate the destructions, resurrections, and transformations of Maine’s largest city.

In creating this Learn at Home theme, we have tried to make it as customizable as possible so it can be used with a variety of ages and skill sets. The “Independent Use” worksheets can be done apart from the Map Set, and have been created as PDF Forms so they do not need to be printed for your students to complete. The “Map Set” worksheets are also created as PDF Forms and use the maps listed below (or downloadable as a PDF).

Activity Links

Crossword Puzzle (can be used independently)

Portland “Then and Now” Worksheet (can be used independently)

Challenge Questions Sheet (to be used with map set below)

Scavenger Hunt (to be used with map set below)

Discussion Questions (to be used with map set below)

Map Observations Activity (to be used with map set below)

Primary Source Analysis Tool (to be used with map set below)


Portland Maps Set

Also downloadable as a PDF

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1688 [depicting], 1946, James H. Gallagher, “A Plan of Ancient Portland” – http://oshermaps.org/map/3203

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1690 [depicting], 1831, William Willis, “Ancient Falmouth, from 1630 to 1690” – http://oshermaps.org/map/7529.0013

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1728 [depicting], 1831, William Willis, “Grants made by the proprietors of Falmouth ” – http://oshermaps.org/map/7529.0284

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1775 [depicting], 1831, William Willis, “Falmouth Neck, As it was when destroyed by Mowett” – http://oshermaps.org/map/3568

1782, John Norman, “Town of Falmouth burnt by Captain Moet, Octbr. 18th 1775” – http://oshermaps.org/map/43443

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1815, Edmund Blunt, “Plan of Portland Harbour” – http://oshermaps.org/map/928

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1831, Griffing D. Johnson, “Plan of Portland, Engraved for the Directory” – http://oshermaps.org/map/12023

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1856, Samuel Hodgson Colesworthy, “Plan of Portland : Engraved as a Directory” – http://oshermaps.org/map/3628

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1866, Harper’s Weekly, [frontpage] – https://oshermaps.org/map/42513

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1879, J. Mayer & Co., “Portland, ME From the Latest Surveys” – http://oshermaps.org/map/9947

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1891, Gaylord Watson, “City of Portland Maine” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1225

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1896, Sanborn-Perris Map Company, “Insurance Maps of Portland, Maine” – http://oshermaps.org/map/11483.0038

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1906, Geo. H. Walker & Co., “Birds Eye View of Casco Bay: Portland, Maine and Surroundings.” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1351

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1909, Walker Lith. & Pub Co., “Birds Eye View showing Portland” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1371

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1914, Richards Map Company, “[Plate 1]” – http://oshermaps.org/map/2982.0014C

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1922, Portland Directory Company, “Map of Portland Me. and Vicinity” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1436

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1926, Arthur Coleman Comey, “Tentative Zoning Plan City of Portland Maine” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1452

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1928, Kathrine Dudley, Portland Bay Hygiene and Child Welfare, “A Map of Portland Maine and some places thereabout” – http://oshermaps.org/map/48086

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1932, William J. Dow, “Portland also called Falmouth first settled 1632 chartered as a city 1832” – http://oshermaps.org/map/11860

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1937, Portland Maine Chamber of Commerce, “Portland and South Portland Maine” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1503


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