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Maps & Atlases: Prof. Stratton Maps HST 201 Cultural Hearths and Historical Maps Assignment

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HST 201 Cultural Hearths and Historical Maps Guidelines

This project is designed to achieve two goals:

1)    To insure that students have a comprehensive grasp of the impact of geography and environment on the rise of civilizations in the non-western world.
2)    To insure that students can locate ancient centers of civilization on contemporary maps.

By the date indicated in the syllabus, students must submit in its final format, a project which includes the following:

1)    A set of schematic drawings while illustrate the environmental advantage of each of the four early cultural hearths of the non-western world.
2)    A written description analyzing and explaining the geography of each of the four cultural hearths as depicted on the maps.
3)    A set of maps showing the location of each cultural hearth on a modern political map.
4)    A map showing the European colonies in the New World during the age of exploration and discovery. <note: all colonies in Western hemisphere>
5)    A map of the European colonies in Africa and Asia in the 19th century.
6)    A written analysis of the maps described in steps 4 and 5.

Students are to utilize the resources of Ryan Library, their Contemporary World Atlas and to consult with the instructor for any assistance needed to successfully complete this project.

Maps can be located by asking the library staff at the Reference Desk, located on the 1st floor of Ryan Library, behind the Help Desk and near the group study rooms.

NOTE THAT YOU MAY PHOTOCOPY MAPS LISTED FROM “MAPS ON FILE” OR “HISTORICAL MAPS ON FILE” BELOW.  You may also click on urls for electronic maps below to view on the web.

Once you have located each map, while you may print out a copy of it, you must alter each map in some way.  For example if you had a map of Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries you might color in the British colonies blue, the French colonies red, the German colonies yellow, etc.

Students will be assigned a grade ranging from a +5 points to a -5 points factored into their semester average as a result of the grade they receive on this project.  The scale to be utilized is as follows:

•    Students scoring 90 points or higher out of a scale of 100 will receive +5 points added to their semester average;
•    Students receiving an 80-90 on the exam will receive +3 points on their semester average;
•    Students who score in the 70-70 range will receive +2 points on their semester average;
•    Students scoring 60-69 will not have their semester average effected by the required project;
•    Students scoring a 50-59 will receive -2 points for the semester average;
•    Students scoring a 40-49 will receive -3 points for the semester average;
•    Students receiving a score of below 40 will be assigned -5 points for the semester average.

HST 201 Cultural Hearths and HIstorical Maps Suggested Print and Electronic Maps

PRINT maps are available for photocopying at the Ryan Library REFERENCE Desk)
EGYPT (cultural hearth)

-- Map 1.03 "World Regions: Middle East" (from Maps on File). Along left edge of map, it says "Middle East" -- PRINT Map

-- Map 2.17 "Africa: Egypt" (from Maps on File). -- PRINT Map

-- Map 2.00 "Africa: Continent" (from Maps on File). At top of map, it says "Africa". -- PRINT Map

NORTH CHINA PLAIN (cultural hearth)
NIGER DELTA (cultural hearth)
MIDDLE AMERICA ( Central America,  specifically Valley of Mexico and Yucatan ; cultural hearth)

-- Map 6.21 "North and Central America and the Caribbean: Mexico" (From Maps on File). On left edge of map, it says "Mexico". PRINT map.

European colonies in the New World during the age of exploration and discovery (historical maps)

-- Map 6.13 “Western Hemisphere” (from Historical Maps on File). Just above map, it say “European Settlements in North America, 126-1645”. PRINT map.

-- Map 6.23 "Western Hemisphere" (from Historical Maps on File). Just above map, it says "European Possessions in the New World, 1713". This map does, however, include both North America as well as Latin America. PRINT map.

European colonies in Africa and Asia in the 19th century (historical maps)

Asia:
-- Map 8.34 “Asia” (From Historical Maps on File). At top of map, it says “Partition of China, 1895-1914”. PRINT map.

Africa:

-- Map 7.17 "Africa and the Middle East" (from Historical Maps on File). Above map, it says "European Exploration in Africa, 1769-1858". PRINT map.

-- Map 7.20. "Africa and the Middle East" (from Historical Maps on File). Above map, it says "European Possessions in Africa, 1885". PRINT map.

-- Map. 7.23 “Africa and the Middle East” (from Historical Maps on File). Above map, it says “Colonialism in Africa, 1895”. PRINT map.