Mid-Afternoon Map: Too New Guinea


Welcome to Mid-Afternoon Map, our exclusive members-only newsletter that provides a cartographic perspective on current events, geopolitics, and history from the Caucasus to the Carolinas. Subscribers can look forward to interesting takes on good maps and bad maps, beautiful maps and ugly ones — and bizarre maps whenever possible. The place names on this 1901 map of New Guinea read like the abbreviated ship’s log of a voyage gone bad. In rapid succession along the eastern shore are Alligators Point, Traitor’s Bay, and Caution Point. Elsewhere around the coast are Deception Bay and Alert Rock, as well as Cannibal Point and,

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