Matters of Education

Learning Happens Everywhere

South America in the 1800s

Length of Time:   30 Minutes


Maps are an excellent way to learn about history. As primary sources, these visual documents convey bias and perspective as well as concrete information about specific geographic locations. Changes in representation over time reflect both substantive acquisition of knowledge as well as direct representation of territorial power and influence. The adage that one picture is worth a thousand words is central to appreciating the value of maps to both contemporaries and students of the past.

Essential Questions

How can maps reflect the changing realities of a political entity?

Common Core Standards

Content Standards

World History II: The Rise of the Nation State to the Present

Industrial Revolution and Social and Political Change in Europe, 1800-1914

WH1II.11 Describe the causes of 19th century European Imperialism

Latin American History in the 19th and early 20th centuries

WHII.16 Major developments in Latin American History to the early 20th