Historical events become more meaningful if they are placed within their correct spatial context. Students need to grasp where the historical event occurred and its relationship with other places and events.
The map's intent is to present an overview of early American places and events commonly found in U.S. history curriculum. The map's time frame covers the development and expansion of the American nation, primarily from the early Indian civilizations (c. 500 BCE) to the Hawaii Annexation (1898, rounded to 1900).
This map is designed to be informative, colorful, and easy to use. The map's content is a balance between curriculum requirements, the need for readable type, and the limiting size of the map.
The Growth of America map is not intended as a replacement for the textbook or the multi-sheet history map set. History textbooks and multiple map sets have the capacity to present detailed text and graphics on a wide range of specific topics.
Major themes of the map include: Territorial Expansion, Movement and Migration, Early Settlement, and Conflict