March 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of National Geographic’s cartographic division—which has created maps, globes, and atlases of the ocean floor, the night sky, and everywhere in between.
Here are a few highlights from our map-making history:
Tool of War: Our 1944 map of Germany served as Winston Churchill’s personal briefing map, which history buffs can view at his Cabinet War Rooms in London.
Visual Aid: Maps made at the Society focus on more than just land mass: They’ve measured meat consumption, opium production, and radioactivity in Chernobyl.
Escape Route: With a 1971 National Geographic map as his guide, Nguyen Van Canh led 49 refugees out of communist Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam War.
VIP Swag: Incoming United States presidents receive a personalized map set from the Society—President Obama’s detailed Hawaii, Kenya, and Indonesia.