Depictions of Indigenous People on Colonial Maps

 
Are you a classroom teacher within the Greater Portland area? We are happy to lend high-quality printed reproductions of this map set at no cost as part of an Activity Kit for use in your classroom. The kit will also include a variety of age-appropriate worksheet activities and all necessary instructions. If within a 30 minute drive from Portland, OML educators will deliver and pick up the activity kit from your school office. Please contact Renee Keul at renee.keul@maine.edu for more information or to reserve this map set. You may also reserve this map set at oshermaps.org/teach/visits/request


Use these activities and maps with your High School students to examine how Europeans viewed and depicted the Indigenous Peoples whose homelands they were colonizing.

In creating this theme, we have tried to make it as customizable as possible. The worksheets have been created as PDF Forms so they do not need to be printed for your students to complete.

Activity Links

Group Discussion Questions (to be used with map set below)

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

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


Colonial Depictions Map Set

Typus Cosmographicus Universalis by Sebastion Munster, 1555

Typus Cosmographicus Universalis by Sebastion Munster, 1555

Sacrae Geographiae Tabulam by Benito Arias Montano, 1571

Sacrae Geographiae Tabulam by Benito Arias Montano, 1571

Brasilia et Peruvia by Cornelis de Jode, 1593

Brasilia et Peruvia by Cornelis de Jode, 1593

Orbis Terrae Compendiosa by Petrus Plancius, 1596

Orbis Terrae Compendiosa by Petrus Plancius, 1596

Delineatio omnium orarum totius by Jan Huygen van Linschoten, 1605

Delineatio omnium orarum totius by Jan Huygen van Linschoten, 1605

America by Jodocus Hondius, 1628

America by Jodocus Hondius, 1628

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica by Jan Jansson, 1630

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica by Jan Jansson, 1630

America noviter delineata by Jodocus Hondius, 1638

America noviter delineata by Jodocus Hondius, 1638

Americae Pars Meridionalis by Jan Jansson, 1649

Americae Pars Meridionalis by Jan Jansson, 1649

Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio by Nicolaes Visscher, 1689

Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio by Nicolaes Visscher, 1689

L'Amerique, divisee selon l'etendue de ses Principales Parties by Nicolas de Fer, c.1700

L’Amerique, divisee selon l’etendue de ses Principales Parties by Nicolas de Fer, c.1700

Novae Hispaniae, Chili, Peruviae by R. & J. Ottens, 1739

Novae Hispaniae, Chili, Peruviae by R. & J. Ottens, 1739

Novus Orbis sive America Maridionalis et Septentrionalis per sua Regna by Matthaus Seutter, 1740

Novus Orbis sive America Maridionalis et Septentrionalis per sua Regna by Matthaus Seutter, 1740


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