The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

The General

Had the world been waiting on pins-and-needles for an authoritative mapping of Kamchatka? Anything is possible. Let's pretend that it was.

The General Map of Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands was that mapping. Lt. Colonel Vasilii Petrovich Piadyshev oversaw the first truly comprehensive and "accurate" atlas of the Russian Empire. This immense cartographic project was conducted by the General Staff in the 1820s, and it would serve as a key source for maps of Russia produced elsewhere in Europe in subsequent decades. 

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