‘The Historical Atlas of Maine’ book talk in Camden

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CAMDEN — Prof. Stephen Hornsby will talk about the newly-published Historical Atlas of Maine at the Camden Public Library Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. The atlas provides an in-depth look into the many cultural, economic, environmental, and geological elements that have shaped Maine's history, from the earliest evidence of human population right up to today.

The Historical Atlas of Maine is a new book from the University of Maine Press which took more than fifteen years of extensive research, the creation of nearly 100 maps, countless hours spent pouring over old documents, and lots of careful editing. 

It was edited by geography and Canadian studies professor Stephen Hornsby and history professor Richard Judd, with maps by cartographic designer Michael Hermann.

The Historical Atlas of Maine presents in cartographic form the historical geography of Maine from the end of the last ice age to the year 2000. Organized in four chronological sections, the Atlas tells the principal stories of the many people who have lived in Maine over the past 13,000 years.

The Atlas covers the history of Native peoples, European exploration and settlement, the American Revolution, Maine statehood, industrial development, and the rise of tourism and environmental awareness. To tell these stories, the Atlas presents a rich array of newly created maps, historical maps, paintings, graphs, and text. The result is not only a unique interpretation of Maine, but also a splendid visual record of the state's history.

Hornsby's talk is part of Maritime Month at the Camden Public Library. Other upcoming Maritime Month events include "Climate Change and the Biology of the Arctic" Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., with Paty Matrai; "The Restoration of Gull" with Alec Brainerd of Artisan Boatworks of Rockport Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m.; and the final talk in the series on Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m., with Erin Bishop and "Titanic: A Century of Myth and Memory."

Captions from the book:

Detail from Moses Greenleaf, Map of the State of Maine, 1820. An ardent champion of statehood, cartographer Moses Greenleaf produced the first map of the new State of Maine.

In 1828 Moses Greenleaf compiled a map of Maine based on his own explorations and conversations. His map filled in some of the blank spaces in the interior and provided a reasonably accurate guide for other expeditions. The blue boundary line represents the United States' claim to northern Maine. The yellow line depicts the boundary claimed by Great Britain from 1821 to 1842.

Aboriginal Homelands and Native Claims Region

The claims filed in the original lawsuit [c. 1972] approximated the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot aboriginal homelands, including some 12.5 million acres of former tribal lands and $25 billion in back rents and damages. The original claim area included Bangor, Mount Desert Island, Millinocket, and millions of acres belonging to Maine's largest pulp and paper companies.

Event Date: 
Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Camden Public Library