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6,000 Years of Historical past Visualized in a 23-Foot-Lengthy Timeline of World Historical past, Created in 1871

adam and eve map

A beau­ti­ful ear­ly examination­ple of visu­al­iz­ing the movement of his­to­ry, Sebas­t­ian C. Adams’ Syn­chrono­log­i­cal Chart of Uni­ver­sal His­to­ry out­traces the evo­lu­tion of mankind from Adam and Eve to 1871, the 12 months of its first edi­tion.

A recre­ation could be discovered and shut­ly examination­ined on the David Rum­sey Map Col­lec­tion, which lets you zoom in on any a part of the orig­i­nal time­line, which stretched to 23 ft in size and was designed for varsity­hous­es as a one-stop store for all of his­to­ry.

jesus map

As Daniel Rosen­berg and Antho­ny Grafton describe it of their e book Automotive­togra­phies of Time:

The Syn­chrono­log­i­cal Chart is a superb work of out­sider assume­ing and a tem­plate for auto­di­dact research; it makes an attempt to rise above the sta­tion of a mere his­tor­i­cal sum­ma­ry and to attract a pic­ture of his­to­ry wealthy sufficient to function a textual content­e book in itself.

Adams was a vora­cious learn­er and a very good Chris­t­ian, and within the prime half of the chart he makes an attempt to untan­gle the spaghet­ti-like geneal­o­gy of Adam and Eve’s chil­dren from Abel (“The First Mar­tyr”) via to Solomon (whose tem­ple appears very Goth­ic), right through to Jesus and past.

On the similar time he presents an in depth descrip­tion of archae­o­log­i­cal his­to­ry “after the flood,” from Stone Age instruments via the ear­li­est civ­i­liza­tions, males­tion­ing main bat­tles, inven­tions, philoso­phers, and advances in sci­ence. Adams’ begin­ing date of all his­to­ry comes from the Irish Arch­bish­op James Ussh­er, who, in 1654 declared, after years of research, that the earth was cre­at­ed on “night time­fall on 22 Octo­ber 4004 BC.” (Now that’s cer­tain­ty!)

egypt map

The map is col­or­ful and full of beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions from the self-taught Adams, from a draw­ing of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream to the cur­hire world lead­ers and a listing of Unit­ed States Pres­i­dents as much as James Garfield. There’s even a sec­tion on the far finish for “Emi­nent Males not else­the place males­tioned on the Chart,” the signal of a real com­pletist (aside from the half the place he leaves out girls).

rome map

Adams lived removed from the epi­cen­ters of Amer­i­can edu­ca­tion. He grew up in a Pres­by­ter­ian fam­i­ly in Ohio, and, when he confirmed a talent for train­ing lat­er in life, he made the trek out west, close to­ly dying on the Ore­gon Path. He set­tled in Salem, Ore­gon and started train­ing whereas additionally work­ing on his chart. When it was able to print, he trav­eled again to Cincin­nati to rent the esteemed lith­o­g­ra­phers Stro­bridge & Co., who pub­lished Civ­il Conflict scenes, maps, and cir­cus posters. Ini­tial­ly he offered the chart him­self, however its pop­u­lar­i­ty led to sev­er­al Amer­i­can and British print­ers professional­duc­ing copies into the twentieth cen­tu­ry. Even Hor­ror author H.P. Love­craft owned a replica.

presidents map

It stays a riotous murals, his­to­ry, reli­gion, and self-deter­mi­na­tion, and fac­sim­i­les can nonetheless be pur­chased on-line. Adams lat­er left train­ing to grow to be pres­i­dent of an insur­ance com­pa­ny, and died of “la grippe” (i.e. the flu) in 1898.

Be aware: An ear­li­er ver­sion of this submit appeared on our website in 2015.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

New York Pub­lic Library Places 20,000 Hello-Res Maps On-line & Makes Them Free to Down­load and Use

Down­load 67,000 His­toric Maps (in Excessive Res­o­lu­tion) from the Gained­der­ful David Rum­sey Map Col­lec­tion

Oculi Mun­di: A Beau­ti­ful On-line Archive of 130 Historical Maps, Atlases & Globes

Ted Mills is a free­lance author on the humanities who cur­hire­ly hosts the FunkZone Pod­forged. You too can fol­low him on Twit­ter at @tedmills, learn his oth­er arts writ­ing at tedmills.com and/or watch his movies right here.

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