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Primary Source Analysis Worksheet - Maps

Use one of these maps for this exercise, or another of your choosing.

Look at the map and answer the following questions:

1. What kind of map is this?
__ Street map __ Political map
__ Topographical map __ Natural resource map
__ Property map __ Other
__ Thematic map (theme: ____________)  

2. What physical features does the map have?
__ Compass __ Scale
__ Handwritten notes __ Title
__ Name of mapmaker __ Legend/key
__ Color __ Other: ____________

3. What is the date on the map, if it has one?

 

4. What person and/or agency created the map? Can you tell where it was produced?

 

5. Why do you think the map was created?

 

6. What users do you think the mapmaker had in mind when he or she created this map?

 

7. Are there any associated documents to this map that would help provide context for its creation?

 

8. What does this map tell you about land use? Past use? Potential future use?

 

9. List three things in the map that you think are important.

 

Adapted from the National Archives