6 Working with maps
Maps in textbooks typically show us where national borders used to be or where important events occurred. That’s valuable, and we’ve included plenty of maps in our collection. But because we’re on the web, we’ve made many of those historical maps available in high-resolution formats that students can “zoom in” and explore. We’ve also embedded Google maps to let students quickly see the relationships between past events, physical geography, and present places. And we’ve developed activities that not only refer to maps but build map skills, by combining maps with historical, demographic, and even scientific data.