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The Dictionary Project, Volume X: Hawaii and the Philippines

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 29.

The jigsaw-puzzle visual of yesterday’s map continues on today’s map, as the mapmakers smush together two island chains–tiny Hawaii and the (relatively) massive Philippines by removing not only thousands of square miles of ocean, but the International Date Line, to boot.

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The Dictionary Project, Volume X: Islands of the Pacific

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 28.

I have been to some of these islands: New Zealand and Fiji, to be precise. Bula!

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The Dictionary Project, Volume X: East India Islands

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 27.

Today marks the beginning of examining small land masses, specifically chains of islands. We start with the “East India Islands”, largely composed of (in engraved capitals) Dutch East India. Usual trigger warnings for colonialism.

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The Dictionary Project, Volume X: Africa, Central and South

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 26.

Today is also Day 2 of a look at Africa. This time: the Central and South portions of the continent. More European colonialism after the jump.

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