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Think Quest Historical GIS
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Abstract: Think Quest's Historical GIS provides multiple data sets covering the last 4000
years of history. In addition, we have provided a variety of internet
applications of these data, including static images, flash animations, and
interactive applications. The data is not very accurate in terms of absolute
position, as it is only intended to demonstrate relative positions of nations
in history.

Purpose: The site is intended for educational use. While it is on a server intended for
contest entries, we are continuing to maintain the site even after the contest
has ended. The data may be used as a reference to anybody interested in GIS,
though it is lacking detail. This data originates from a basic dataset provided
by ESRI. As it progresses further into history, the quality/accuracy of the
national borders depicted greatly degrades.
Related URL
Description: Download historical GIS data.

Description: Think Quest GIS Resource Page.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Think Quest
Dataset Title: Think Quest Historical GIS
Dataset Publisher: Think Quest
Online Resource:
Quality The GIS data presented in this site was hand-created by students and as such is
not guaranteed to be accurate. Many references used in creating the data
conflicted with each other, and we were forced to pick one reference as being
more accurate. In most cases, the data is only meant to be used on a large
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Use Constraints Data may not be published commercially without prior consent. A contact form is
provided on the site.
Ancillary Keywords
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Think Quest Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Email: thinkquest.ww at
Contact Address:
Think Quest
Oracle Education Foundation
Colleen Cassity, Director
500 Oracle Parkway, MS 1 LGN-2
City: Redwood Shores
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94065
Country: USA
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Haywood, John. The Complete Atlas of World History, Vol. 1-3. Oxford: Sharpe
Reference, 1997

Compact Atlas of World History. New York: Random House, 1999

Times Atlas of World History, The. New Jersey: Hammond: 1993

Ravitch, Diane. What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? New York: Harper and Row, 1987
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-04-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24