The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Empire of Fruit

In 1895 the Department of Agriculture published a map of fruit production in European Russia and the Caucasus. Here it is, chock-full of juicy layers of data.

Pan, zoom, and move your cursor over the map to see the explanatory notes. The text will appear at top left of the display. Rest your cursor on the text to improve visibility. Fair warning though: This is a typical 19th-century thematic map. The symbolization scheme is complex, using color, line, and symbol to communicate three sets of observations: the level of development of the industry, the distribution of fruits, and the location of related educational institutions. It takes work to unpack the insights.

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