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Military map of the Isle of Luzon



A map of Luzon, Philippines divided into military and civilian regions. Made for the American military, it features roads, railways, telegraph lines, mountains and rivers. An inset map of Manila shows military, civil and religious buildings.

Philippine Islands



Mountains and rivers are the main land features on this map of the Philippines. Steamship routes from Hong Kong, Singapore and New York arrive at Manila. An inset map of Manila Province shows locations of the Philippine–American War (1899–1902).




A large-scale topographical map of the states of Hsipaw, Lawksawk and Mongkung, within the Shan State of Burma (Myanmar). Elevation is indicated by contour lines, and travel and trade routes, villages, areas of cultivation and markets are also shown.

Military map of the Isle of Luzon



A map of southern Luzon, Philippines divided into military and civilian regions. Made for the American military just before the Philippine–American War (1899–1902), it features settlements, roads, railways, telegraph stations, mountains and rivers.

Parts of Burma, Siam and the Shan States


location_onMyanmar, Thailand

This map charts the journey of Holt S. Hallett as he searched for a suitable route for a railway to transport British goods from Burma to Thailand and China. He wrote the book ‘A Thousand Miles on an Elephant in the Shan States’ about his expedition.

A map of a part of the Malay Peninsula belonging to Siam: copied from a map of the Siamese government in 1870



A hand drawn map showing mountains, rivers, roads and settlements in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula belonging to Siam (Thailand). This map was copied from one made by the Siamese government in 1870.

Map of Siam and some of its tributary provinces


location_onCambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

A map of Siam (Thailand) and parts of Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos, focusing on the river networks, and the mountain ranges which are represented by hachures: short lines/dashes that give a sense of the shape and steepness of terrain.

The Island of Ceylon / Burmah, Siam and Anam


location_onMyanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia

This map of mainland Southeast Asia has colour-coded borders: Burmah (Myanmar) in red, Siam (Thailand) in brown, and Anam (Vietnam) in green. The British territory of Penang is also bordered in red. Independent areas are bordered in grey.

[Manuscript map of Asia and Australia]


location_onSoutheast Asia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

On this hand-drawn and coloured map of Asia, the colours differentiate the colonial territories of the European powers: for example, New Guinea is divided into Dutch, British and German areas, and Borneo is split between the British and Dutch.

Western part of the Java Sea : from Lucipara I. to Sunda Strait and Batavia



Designed to aid navigation around the western Java Sea, this map features bathymetry (sea depth), current and tide data, and is marked with shoals, reefs and other hazards. Written notes add details at specific locations (e.g. ‘heavy tide rips’).



location_onMalaysia, Southeast Asia, Philippines, East Timor, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia

Map of Borneo—with insets of Southeast Asia, Sarawak and Labuan—featuring temperature data, volcanoes, English colonial territory, products of Borneo, geology (rock types), bathymetry (sea depth) and elevations (side views of mountains with heights).

Map of the Burman Empire including also Siam, Cochin-China, Ton-king and Malaya


location_onVietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei

Although this mid-19th century map covers all of mainland Southeast Asia, the Burman Empire (Myanmar) is shown in greater detail, especially its districts, rivers and place names. It was produced by the James Wyld, geographer to Queen Victoria.


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