Maptorian Vector world maps: download editable, layered, royalty free vector maps (AI, EPS, and PDF) Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:00:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Maptorian 32 32 133853886 A map of Atlantis Mon, 04 Jun 2018 09:59:10 +0000 I dare say that, of all the stories about lost continents, lost islands and other geographical myths, one of them stands out above the rest: Atlantis. It is incredible how many articles, books, films and similar products have been created around what, in principle, were just a few simple Plato’s comments. As if it were some kind of madness, since the 18th century many have been searching for the location of the mythical island sunk by the gods in the sea.

There have been so many authors who have believed that Atlantis was in the Sahara, or in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or the Far East, that if a red dot is placed on a map for each of these suggested locations, we will obtain a mosaic of polka dots. Others have focused on what Plato said, letting their imagination run wild and, among them all, it was undoubtedly the map created by Jean-Baptiste Bory of Saint-Vincent that was the most attractive and curious. This French geographer was a tireless explorer and academic, one of the forerunners of modern volcanology and, in addition, a passionate fan of myths. It was this passion that led him to speculate what Atlantis might have been like, as a mythical great island situated “beyond the Pillars of Hercules” (the Straits of Gibraltar).

In 1803 he published a book on the subject in which he included his hypothetical map of Atlantis, undoubtedly the best map on this evanescent subject. In this map, which is reproduced below, the geographer proposed the existence of Atlantis as an continent between the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores and Cape Verde, locating in its interior all kinds of mythical places, such as the country of the Amazons.

Atlantis map

California as an island Thu, 31 May 2018 14:12:16 +0000 In some science fiction films there are several visions of the future of California in which this portion of the United States is shown separated from the continent as if it were an island, generally after a great cataclysm in which the San Andreas Fault has much to do with it. However, this hypothetical future has its roots in the past, as California was long thought to be an island.

Map of the island of California, circa 1650.

The island of California, ruled by Queen Calafia, where the fearsome Amazons lived, was an imaginary island that was mentioned in a certain Spanish book published in 1510 under the title of “Las sergas de Esplandián”, as the fifth book of a series that had begun with the famous “Amadís de Gaula”, by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The fact is that when the Spaniards began to explore what is now the Mexican peninsula of Baja California, it occurred to someone to call that new territory California (probably after having read Rodríguez de Montalvo’s fantastic narrative). It is not known who it could have been, but the “joke” ended up naming those lands after them (on the subject it has been published a lot and it is no place to go any further, because there is no agreement on it).

Map of North America showing the island of California, by Nicolas Sanson, 1650.

The influence of the novel, coupled with a poor understanding of what lies further north on the peninsula, caused California to appear as an island for a long time on maps, even into the 18th century. For this reason, it is considered one of the most outstanding cartographic “errors” in history.

Lost Worlds (poster map) Wed, 30 May 2018 08:12:05 +0000 I just completed a new poster map for a Kickstarter project. This time I wanted to shown my passion for ancient maps, lost continents, phantom islands and, of course, mythical creatures.

Thank you all for your support!

An imaginary inland sea in Australia Fri, 04 May 2018 15:09:17 +0000 Alan Day narrates in his book The A to Z of the Discovery and Exploration of Australia the following about a curious map of Australia dating from the early 19th century:

The Friend of Australia [is a book] attributed to a Retired Officer of the Hon. East India Company’s Service, now known to be a Mr. Thomas J. Maslen. The Friend of Australia (1830) combined the principal unexplored inlets and other topographical features round Australia’s coastline (…). Maslen was not shy aboutrecommending named individuals to be entrusted with the exploration of different regions. Should an inland sea be discovered, then Captain Bayfield and Lieutenant Fraser, the surveyors of the Canadian Lakes, should be sent to determine its length, breadth, and course. A fold-out map Sketch of the Coasts of Australia and of the supposed Entrance of the Great River together with accompanying notes, adds much to the book’s interest. Some unfamiliar and speculative geographical names appear…

Australia inland sea

Minimal Geography now available Thu, 03 May 2018 18:34:22 +0000 After a successful campaign in Kickstarter, my cartographic poster “Minimal Geography” is now available in digital edition ready for high quality printing (PDF and TIFF), and also in PSD for Photoshop, with no limitations for printing and/or editing: Further information.

Minimal Geography

Globally change Colors and Text with Adobe Illustrator Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:35:31 +0000 In vector maps, as in Maptorian, the layers of text labels are usually very numerous. Editing these layers of text labels is very simple, especially if you want to do it in large sets. First we will select in the layers panel the one we want to edit. Once all the objects in that layer are selected, all you have to do is change the options for all the labels at once by simply changing the parameters in the text properties panel. But, why not use the text styles? The next video (really interesting) shows how to edit text using these styles, which are a very useful tool.

Gall-Peters projection Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:07:13 +0000 The Peters projection (named after Arno Peters), also called the Gall-Peters projection, is a cartographic projection that was first described in 1855 by James Gall. This projection is equivalent, that is to say, it preserves the proportion between the areas of the different zones of the Earth. This is its main difference with the Mercator projection, which preserves the angles but not the areas.

This projection tries to avoid the Eurocentric image of the world, since the Mercator projection gives great space to the lands closest to the poles and therefore makes it seem much larger than they really are in northern Europe, Greenland, Russia and Canada.

I created a vector world map with Gall-Peters projection (using QGIS) and thought about including it in Maptorian. However, I have decided to postpone the incorporation to Maptorian until I clear up some problems with its use. If anyone needs a map with this type of projection, please contact me.

Minimal Geography (poster map – digital download) Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:48:23 +0000 This is a project that I developed some time ago and that I have just announced in Kickstarter. This is an infographic poster with a multitude of curiosities about our planet. Would you like to find out what it is? You have all the details here:

Minimal Geography on Kickstarter

With this project you will not only have the opportunity to get the downloadable version of the poster for high quality printing, but if you don’t already have the 2018 version of Maptorian, you can get it along with the poster.

Thank you all for your support!

New vector maps in the full version of Maptorian Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:31:21 +0000 In addition to all the updates that the new version of Maptorian has brought us (I have already commented on it in detail), we must add a whole new collection of vector maps of continents and regions that come to complement the maps of the world.

Here are the maps that make up this new folder of detailed maps, included in the full version of Maptorian:

Africa and Middle East
America vector map
North America (USA high detail) map
Asia vector map
Oceania and Southeast Asia map
Europe vector map
Pacific-focused vector maps of the world Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:26:01 +0000 In addition to choosing the appropriate geographical projection, designing a map of the world sometimes requires different configurations in terms of continental and ocean masses. For example, the classic map of the world with Africa and Europe at the centre is not very appropriate if one thinks of maps in which the Pacific must be of fundamental importance. That’s why Maptorian vector maps of the world include some vector maps centered on the Pacific Ocean. Here are some of those maps.

Miller Pacific political high detail map
Miller Pacific physical high detail map
Robinson Pacific political Medium detail
Robinson Pacific physical Medium detail