Awesome Free North Pole Maps
I decided to curate these vintage North Pole maps as I plan to use some in my own Christmas crafting. I thought I would share with here some of the best North Pole maps I found that are free to download.
There is something romantic and mystical about the North Pole. First, the North Pole is of course where Santa lives, making the maps a great resource for Christmas crafting. Secondly, it was one of the last frontiers on the Earth to be conquered. A prized destination for the footsteps of adventerous explorers of the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Robert Peary claimed to be the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909. Apparently by using dog sleds. However, many modern explorers have desputed this as they don’t believe it was possible for Peary to have reached the pole on foot in the time he claimed.
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THE VINTAGE NORTH POLE MAPS
This is a lovely 1799 map of the northern polar regions by the English map publisher Clement Cruttwell. The region hadn’t been fully explored yet so some of the geographical coastlines are a bit vague.
This 1606 colourful vintage North Pole map, is considered to be the world’s first specific map of the Artic region.
This stunning map of is actually a map of the Nothern Hemisphere from the perspective of the Arctic. The writing on both sides of the map (in French on left side and in Dutch on the right side) is a letter written by Monsieur Swartz, a Danish explorer, regarding his c. 1734 – 1740 explorations near Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula.
A rarely seen version of Colton’s map of the North Pole or Arctic. Covers from Lake Baikal, the Hudson Bay, the British Isles and Kamchatka north to the Pole. This map provides an excellent overview of the state Arctic exploration and discovery to about 1855
This is map of the Northern Hemisphere by John Pinkerton from 1818. On a projection from the North Pole, this map depicts North America, Asia, the East Indies, and North Africa. In North America, thanks primarily to the work of Cook in the Pacific Northwest, the coasts are rendered with considerable accuracy.
This is a gorgeous hand coloured engraving. A Polar projection, with the Arctic Circle marked. There are inset maps of Japan and China at top right. The borders are decorated with beautifully illustrated Inuit hunting and European whaling scenes.
Captain John was a British naval officer and Arctic explorer. He was the uncle of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, RN who explored the Arctic with him, and later led expeditions to Antarctica. He was in his 70’s and on his third Artic expedition when he made this map.
German Polar map containing: the countries and oceans from the North Pole to 50 degrees North and so forth, and also an overview of the Russian Empire.
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