The World On My Doorstep

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The Russian Empire

on January 18, 2014

postcards2_2_3From Sofia in Russia comes this cool map of the ‘Russian Empire’. Now, I’m not particularly the worst person in the world with geography, but I have to admit that I have no idea when this image dates from. Is it a modern map of Russia with just the title ‘the Russian Empire’ or does it show said empire at a certain point in time…? I don’t know. It is made especially unclear by the vague borderlines too. However, Russia can safely be said to be the largest country in the world and spans across two continents (Europe and Asia). Although most of it is vast wilderness, it has a real beauty to it. Awesome card.

Edit: Thanks to Igor in his fascinating comment below, I can say that this map relates to roughly 1800. Amazing, thanks Igor!

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2 responses to “The Russian Empire

  1. Igor says:

    Hello, surprise, surprise… but it’s your fault, you asked… lol. It’s hard for me to see the borders on this map, but there are a few clues that I can see. First is the Island of Sakhalin, on the very far right, the Island was visited by Russians in early 1800, but was claimed by Japan. Japan shared the island with Russians to the north and Japanese to the south, some time in 1840’s. Second, Vladivostok, was not established until 1860, the map does not include it at all. So, that’s the clues from the far East, let’s go to the West and look at Finland. Finland didn’t not become part of Russian empire until early 1800’s, maybe 1810. So, to me this is the biggest give away that this map is somewhere before 1810. Let’s make it easier and say this is the Map of the Russian Empire in 1800.

    Igor

    • mailmon says:

      Hi Igor! I knew you would know πŸ˜‰ it’s why I asked! You’re like an enyclopaedia of old Eastern European knowledge πŸ™‚ thanks so much for sharing! So interesting! Hope you are having a wonderful start to 2014 πŸ™‚

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