The major developments in cartography took place during the Age of Exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. The world as whole began to appear in the early 16th century maps of the world. The north america map developments began following the voyages by Columbus (1492) and discoveries of the New World.
The Waldseemüller’s world map was the first map to incorporate New World discoveries in 1507. The world map of Rosselli was the first map to show the entire globe in 1508. Gerardus Mercator of Flanders (Belgium), a leading cartographer of the mid-16th century, developed a cylindrical projection and published a map of the world in 1569. Mercator’s map was the ultimate map for navigation of the world. The early north america map prints were produced using carved wooden blocks. The copper plane printing of maps appeared in the 16th century and continued until photographic techniques were developed.
The north america map is geographical representation of the North America. The north america map shows the actual location of the continent, places on the continent, ocean and island around the continent. The north america map mainly include the Arctic Ocean in the North, the North Atlantic Ocean to the East, the Caribbean Sea and Caribbean islands to the southeast, the North Pacific Ocean to the south and west, and Isthmus of Panama connecting the North America to the South America.
However, according to some geographers, the north america map doesn’t include the Isthmus of Panama rather the north america map territory begins at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico. The intervening region is Central America or Middle America that includes the Caribbean Plate.
The north america map helps includes the geographical regions in/around Canada, USA, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, and the Central America (if taking it as part of the North America) including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, And Panama. The Continental north america map shows different water bodies including Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Hudson Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of California and Baffin Bay in blue color.
The north america map the physical features of the North America, which include Great Plains, the Western Mountains, the Canadian Shield, varied Eastern Region, etc. The north america map offers a great help to the tourists, travelers, geographers, and students of geography.