A few years back we published this early map of Africa on this blog – or rather the first run of this blog, all of which was lost in one of those ineffable digital snafu’s that tests one’s virtual composure. Although we lost the insertions we still have the raw materials – when we remember what they are – including this map of what was once commonly referred to as the “dark continent” and actually seemed darker on the window-shade map of the world held above the blackboard in primary school. Now we pull on a few more maps – early ones – beginning with a really primitive map of Washington State, followed by another state map, also an earliy one: Washington Territory’s first governor, Isaac Steven’s 1855 survey map of his assignment from the other Washington. , survey of

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