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American Empire Maps

The United States was an established world presence by the early 20th century. The nation was the world’s leading agricultural producer, dominated world markets for petroleum products, was the world’s largest producer of steel, and had not only expanded across the North American continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific but also had administrative control over remote territories.

This collection spans the period immediately before and after the turn of the century, approximately 1890-1910. It includes maps showing events such as the Spanish-American War and United States territorial acquisitions at the end of the war, world fairs, and the Klondike Gold Rush.

Please contact the Map Library regarding these items via e-mail at or by calling 217-333-0827.