Old Historical Colonial and Country Maps of the U.S.

Maps of the United States are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old U.S. maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.

This collection presents a pictorial history of the development of the United States. From historic maps of Texas to old maps of Colorado; antique maps of Massachusetts to old maps of North Carolina . The maps date from the 16th century to the present and include:

  • U.S. maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
  • U.S. Road, Highway and railroad maps
  • U.S. Maps showing the nations’s geological features
  • U.S. Nautical charts
  • U.S. timeline of state boundaries changes
  • U.S. Military maps
  • U.S. Maps of specific cities, states, islands, harbors, and bodies of water
  • Territorial and Colonial era maps of the United States

Choose from maps of all 50 states! We have several vintage maps for most states, showing the progression from territory to statehood.

Our rich collection of antique state maps features the work of a number of famous mapmakers, providing a range of perspectives. Just as with modern-day artists, each mapmaker had a distinctive style. Historical map geeks can recognize the hallmarks of favorite mapmakers.

Atlas Maps of Colonial America and the U.S.

Follow our nation’s history: from colonies and territories to statehood!

U.S. State and Territory Formation Years 1776 to 1912

This Interactive Map of the United States shows the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every state, extinct territory from the creation of the U.S. in 1776 to 1912.

Old Atlas Maps of Colonial America and the U.S.

This Interactive U.S. State Map shows the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every state and Territory from the creation of the United States from 1776 to 1912.

1776 Map of North America - Northern section
  • Save

Jeffery’s 1776 Map of North America – Northern section

  • Map Date: 1776
  • Map Locations: North America
  • Map Publication: The American Atlas: Or, A Geographical Description Of The Whole Continent Of America
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Holland and Thomas Jefferys

Carey’s 1795 State Map of 

  • Map Date: 1795
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: Carey’s American Atlas: Containing Twenty Maps And One Chart
  • Map Cartographer: Mathew Carey (1760– 1839)

Arrowsmith’s 1804 State Map of 

  • Map Date: 1804
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: A new and elegant general atlas, comprising all the new discoveries, to the present time.
  • Map Cartographer: Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) and Samuel Lewis (1754-1822)

Carey’s 1814 State Map of the United States

  • Map Date: 1814
  • Map Locations: United States
  • Map Publication: Carey’s General Atlas, Improved And Enlarged; Being A Collection Of Maps Of The World And Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea

Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Historical and Statistical Map of 

  • Map Date: 1822
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: A Complete Historical, Chronological, And Geographical American Atlas, Being A Guide To The History Of North And South America, And The West Indies … To The Year 1822.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea

Finley’s 1827 State Map of 

  • Map Date: 1827
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1827.
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Anthony Finley (1784 – 1836)

 

Tanner’s 1836 State Map of 

  • Map Date: 1836 (Entered 1833)
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics Of The World.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Henry Schenck Tanner (1786–1858)

Morse’s 1845 Map of

  • Map Date: 1842 (Entered 1842)
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: Morse’s North American atlas. Containing the following beautifully colored maps
  • Map Type: National Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Sidney Edwards Morse (1794-1871 ) and Samuel Breese (1802-1873)

Colton’s 1856 State Map of 

  • Map Date: 1856 (Entered 1855)
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: Colton’s Atlas Of The World, Illustrating Physical And Political Geography.
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893)

Mitchell’s 1880  Map of 

  • Map Date: 1880 (Entered 1879)
  • Map Locations:
  • Map Publication: Mitchell’s New General Atlas
  • Map Type: World Atlas
  • Map Cartographer: Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. (1827-1901)

External U.S. Map Resources

Scroll to Top
3 Shares 519 views
Share via
Copy link