Nell Ward Lecture in Cartography

How Maps Made America: Selections from A History of America in 100 Maps

January, 2019




6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST



Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St.

Tampa, FL 33602

Throughout its history, America has been defined through maps. Whether made for military strategy or urban reform, maps capture what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared, offering an unrivaled window into the past.

The History Center welcomes author and historian Susan Schulten to the first annual Nell Ward Lecture in Cartography. Author of the recently-published “A History of America in 100 Maps,” Schulten will use maps of Florida and North America to explore five centuries of American history, from the voyages of European discovery to the digital age.



About Susan Schulten


An award-winning scholar and author, Susan Schulten is a professor of history at the University of Denver.


A Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of a Public Scholar Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Schulten’s books include Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-century America (2012); The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950; and a co-editor ofConstructing the American Past: A Sourcebook of a People’s History (2018). Her newest book is A History of America in 100 Maps.