I thought I would use this post to share a few of the historical maps available online that I have found most interesting:武漢城鎮合圖 – Wuhan 1864 – Library of CongressThis map, available for download from the LOC is dated 1864.
Besides the relatively empty streets and racecourse of Hankou’s British concession, there is very little in terms of evidence of the foreign presence.
This will soon change as we move just a few years ahead in time for the next two maps of Hankou and Wuchang.
3831 – 1927 – PrincetonThis map is one of the British War Office maps that can be found for many Chinese cities.
Wuhan GISI’ve been working on georectifying and digitizing features from the British 1927 map and the Japanese 1939 map above, as well as building a layer with the locations of extant historical sites from Wuhan today (I’m already very grateful to Wuhan historian Chris Courtney for help so far).

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