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Map of NL[edit]


I just viewed your map of the Netherlands (politically, including special municipalities), that is used on the English language article about The Netherlands.

I noticed that the borders of the provinces were not correct in some places. About 20 years ago (not sure of the exact year) the borders between Utrecht and Noord-Holland, respectively Utrecht and Zuid-Holland changed. Your map reflects the pre-90's situation for the province of Utrecht. Detailed maps can be found on the Wikipedia articles about for example the province of Utrecht (Dutch language).

Kind regards!

Youssef — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:58, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Great map! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:16, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

Medieval maps[edit]

You are adding a lot of maps that have no labels on them. How is a reader supposed to know what he is looking at? Srnec (talk) 04:50, 11 December 2016 (UTC)

That's actually the standard format for maps of the type that I am adding (i.e. locator maps, which exist purely to show the territory's location and extent rather than to show, say, the location of specific battles etc; see Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps/Conventions § Locator maps (one area).) If you look at, for example, the Margraviate of Brandenburg or the County of Holland, you should see a map in the same format, but which was not created by me. This is true for many of the territories of the later Holy Roman Empire (HRE) (specifically those which existed in 1350, 1560, 1618, and 1648 as those are the periods for which sets of maps have been created).
In some cases it is certainly true that due to lack of context maps of this type can be quite opaque to the reader/viewer in some cases. I have specifically avoided creating such maps i.e. I have only uploaded maps which I believe give sufficient context to be understandable; for example, I couldn't think of a way to give adequate context to a map of the County Palatine of Tübingen so haven't (yet) uploaded one. I would note whoever that for maps of this type the idea is to elaborate on their content in the prose where necessary. The purpose of maps is not to be content in and of themselves but rather to clarify the prose. Part of the reason for this is that blind individuals cannot see a map and therefore rely on screen readers (which can only read text) to understand the content.
Of the ones I have uploaded recently all are territories of the HRE, and all include a small cut-away section showing the location within either the German Kingdom, the HRE as a whole, or, in the case of the early northern marches, Europe as a whole (as well as the HRE). If you have any issues with any of the maps in particular please feel free to let me know. Also, if there is a consensus to do so I have no issue with adding some minor labels (rivers, important cities etc) to some of the maps.
Alphathon /'æɫ.fə.θɒn(talk) 14:59, 11 December 2016 (UTC)

All the best for 2017![edit]

Map middle europe 11th century.[edit]

Hey Alphathon, I saw this image you made: And I find your map really awesome and am trying to find a similar map for the year ~1100, but I'm struggling to find one of sufficient detail. Since you made the other one I was hoping you might have one roughly for the time period I'm looking for, or might point me to the right direction? Thanks and best regards. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:34, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

I have done one that shows the territories of the German Kingdom at the beginning of the 11th century* (Deutschland um das Jahr 1000.svg) based on a public domain scan (Droysens-22-23.jpg) from the same book as the 13th century one. Note that while the SVG version only includes labels for the stem duchies and similar territories the original includes names for pretty much every sub-territory/Gau, as well as settlement names. That's as close I can can get you, but hopefully they're close enough to suit your needs.
*although the source is labelled as "Deutschland um das Jahr 1000", i.e. "Germany around the year 1000", it is actually at least 1004 since it includes Bohemia.
Alphathon /'æɫ.fə.θɒn(talk) 04:48, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Hey Alphaton, sorry, it's not exactly what I was looking for, since I was more interested in the smaller counties that made up those large duchies which are quite well known. It's still an awesome map. Thanks for your effort! :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:08, 4 January 2017 (UTC)