History of California Map

My favorite source for old maps, the Big Map Blog, just published another magnificent piece of cartography, highlighting the young but storied History of California. With vivid depictions of our diverse environment from the mountains to the desert to the sea, this map shows the key dates on the timeline of California’s growth from a territory to a state. You can see how the Missions expanded up the coast along the El Camino Real, and when Los Angeles came to prominence with the introduction of the railroads and the port. Old maps are absolutely fascinating.