But once you flip through those many pages and land on the E-Sib map, you notice immediately that the placenames are all in English. This is not only because the map was made by men who spoke English themselves, but also because the SDUK was an organization devoted to producing "inexpensive maps to encourage broad use in education" - the education of subjects of one of the biggest empires the world has ever known. In other words, this map was produced by one of the most prominent 19th century influencers in the realm of geographical knowledge.
What else might you notice?
- E-Sib includes a new level of information about the volcanic nature of Kamchatka in the form of elevation readings (given in yards) and notes on which volcanoes are active, which are smoking, and which are extinct.
- One of the SDUK's sources was the Piadyshev map (did you see the note just outside the southwestern corner of the map's neatline?).
- The Kamchatkan Sea that had been placed west of the peninsula on the Maxima map is now on the east of the peninsula (with the Sea of Okhotsk to the west).