Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Haiti Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Haiti Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the coast of Haiti this morning as a Category 4 storm and is on track to affect the Carolinas this weekend as a Category 2 or 3 storm.   The top image was taken from the International Space Station.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) includes a variety of maps of Haiti and the Caribbean Islands.  The Collection includes travel, physical, and topographic maps of Haiti, the island of Hispaniola, and the Caribbean Islands.

A reproduction map of the island of Hispaniola from 1722 was published by Historic Urban Plans and is available from the GRMC.  This colorful map features relief shown pictorially on the island.  A map dating back to 1956, Hispaniola: Urban and Rural Population Map, presents the population of Haiti and the Dominican Republic from 1950 statistics.  Mapa de la Isla de Santo Domingo y Haiti por el General Cashmiro n de Moya (photograph above) is a map of Haiti and the Dominican Republic published in 1905.  This original map corresponds with U.S. control of Dominican customs during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidential administration.

The GRMC also includes a tourist map of Haiti and the Dominican Republic that includes inset maps of large cities, including Port-au-Prince.  The map was published in 2000.  The map shown above (click to enlarge) of Port-au-Prince and Petion-Ville is a guide map published in 1978.  The map was created by the Nader Art Gallery in Port-au-Prince and marks points of interest like the U.S. Embassy, cathedrals, museums, theaters, and hotels.

Nautical charts in the GRMC depict the coastline of Haiti.  The last map shown above is a custom map of Haiti created by the GRMC for use in exhibits or presentations.  These updated maps of countries around the world are available for download for research and learning.  Map posters from the GRMC are also available from Cardinal Scholar.  The large maps may be printed by members of the Ball State University community using the plotters in the GRMC on the second floor of Bracken Library.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  Please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097 for more information about these cartographic resources.

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