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Library of Congress: Cities and Towns

The Library of Congress's Cities and Towns collection features over 3,000 digitized maps of cities and towns. While the majority of these maps portray U.S. cities, the collection also includes maps of cities in China, Brazil, Canada, and a handful of other countries. Visitors can browse this fascinating collection by year (approximately 2,000 of these maps date from the nineteenth century; the entire collection ranges in date from the year 1223 through the present). Visitors can also browse by location, contributor, or subject. The collection includes real estate maps, atlases, and much more. Among the many treasures in this collection are: a colorful 1589 map of St. Augustine, Florida created by Baptista Boazio; a plan for the city of New Orleans, drafted up by Jacques Nicolas Bellin in 1764; and an 1896 atlas of New York from the Metropolitan Street Railway Company.
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