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A neat map of South America from 1904

June 27, 2007

Here’s a cool map of South America published in Paris by Librairie Hachette. The year is 1904 and some of the countries’ borders look a bit odd from today’s perspective. Bolivia, for instance, extends northward to the Brazilian state of Acre. And what about Paraguay? Ecuador extends further east and the Colombian town of Leticia is still Peruvian. What do you say about the Brazilian-Colombian border? Panama became an independent country in 1903.

Gas pipelines and power transmission projects were still in diapers. Electricity was back then a bit like computer technology these days. Enjoy…

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