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Sweden ca. 1500 by Milites-Atterdag Sweden ca. 1500 :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 55 23 India in 1525 - Before the Tiger's Leap by Milites-Atterdag India in 1525 - Before the Tiger's Leap :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 107 19 Europe in 1512 by Milites-Atterdag Europe in 1512 :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 139 50 MotF 160: The Second Italian War of Charles VIII by Milites-Atterdag MotF 160: The Second Italian War of Charles VIII :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 44 19 The Ambrosian Netherlands by Milites-Atterdag The Ambrosian Netherlands :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 67 22 Germany's Cordon Sanitaire by Milites-Atterdag Germany's Cordon Sanitaire :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 38 9 Maratha States by Milites-Atterdag Maratha States :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 37 0 Kaiserreich's India 1936 by Milites-Atterdag Kaiserreich's India 1936 :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 53 6 Kaiserreich 1936 by Milites-Atterdag Kaiserreich 1936 :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 60 8 Kaiserreich 1936 WIP by Milites-Atterdag Kaiserreich 1936 WIP :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 15 0 WinterwarriorWIP by Milites-Atterdag WinterwarriorWIP :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 5 0 Kaiserreich's Italy by Milites-Atterdag Kaiserreich's Italy :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 32 5 Ottoman Empire 1672 by Milites-Atterdag Ottoman Empire 1672 :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 26 3 Russia under Alexis I Romanov by Milites-Atterdag Russia under Alexis I Romanov :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 17 2 Monarchist Propaganda by Milites-Atterdag Monarchist Propaganda :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 22 7 Europe in 1672 by Milites-Atterdag Europe in 1672 :iconmilites-atterdag:Milites-Atterdag 10 4


Europe (and surrounding areas) in 1444 A.D. by mapstaringexpert Europe (and surrounding areas) in 1444 A.D. :iconmapstaringexpert:mapstaringexpert 12 0 The Intermarum Union by 1Blomma The Intermarum Union :icon1blomma:1Blomma 62 19 Motf 80 : Expansion of the Spanish Commonwealth by nanwe01 Motf 80 : Expansion of the Spanish Commonwealth :iconnanwe01:nanwe01 90 16 Administrative Map of Austria-Hungary 1907 by TheKo9IsAlive Administrative Map of Austria-Hungary 1907 :icontheko9isalive:TheKo9IsAlive 24 2 Nordic Heraldry Bamboozle by fennomanic Nordic Heraldry Bamboozle :iconfennomanic:fennomanic 82 30 The Swedish Empire by fennomanic The Swedish Empire :iconfennomanic:fennomanic 133 80 The Tripatite Indenture 1405 by AnkhVH The Tripatite Indenture 1405 :iconankhvh:AnkhVH 45 12 Athens in Antiquity by undevicesimus Athens in Antiquity :iconundevicesimus:undevicesimus 149 41 Austro-Hungarian Empire railway network 1912 by Arminius1871 Austro-Hungarian Empire railway network 1912 :iconarminius1871:Arminius1871 86 58 Provinz Brandenburg in 1905 by Arminius1871 Provinz Brandenburg in 1905 :iconarminius1871:Arminius1871 45 35 Ugyaria by zalezsky Ugyaria :iconzalezsky:zalezsky 87 40 Scandinavian 100 Rixdollar Note by Regicollis Scandinavian 100 Rixdollar Note :iconregicollis:Regicollis 66 17 Hashemite Arabia by moerby08 Hashemite Arabia :iconmoerby08:moerby08 42 9 North America, 1884 by rubberduck3y6 North America, 1884 :iconrubberduck3y6:rubberduck3y6 84 28 North America, 1784 by rubberduck3y6 North America, 1784 :iconrubberduck3y6:rubberduck3y6 97 10 The spread of Islam from 622 to 750 by undevicesimus The spread of Islam from 622 to 750 :iconundevicesimus:undevicesimus 174 88


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I do maps and stuff, but mainly maps. My primary cartographic interest is historical - both factual and counterfactual.


Sweden ca. 1500
Another historical map, showing the provincial (len) subdivisions of Sweden ca. 1500. 
Source for this map is Arup, Erik: Danmarks historie, Bind 2 - Stænderne i herrevælde (Copenhagen, 1932)

Made in Illustrator and Photoshop (CS5)

India in 1525 - Before the Tiger's Leap

This is a historical map.


I was sick and tired of not being able to find a high-resolution map of the Indian sub-continent prior to Babur’s invasion showing the Timurid domains as well as the various state entities. So, I went ahead and made my own. I spent a lot of time researching this piece as well as adjusting the colour scheme, but in the end, I’m quite happy with both - although I could have wished for a more detailed demarcation of the territories controlled by Babur, but such is life when you’re making maps related to late medieval/ early modern India and Central Asia.


Before the Tiger’s Leap

In 1525, Northern India was embroiled in a bitter struggle for supremacy between the Afghan Lodi Dynasty enthroned in Delhi and a confederacy of Hindu Rajput states under the leadership of the grizzled Rana Sanga of Mewar. It is into this conflict that Ẓahīr-ud-Dīn Muhammad (called Barbur, meaning The Tiger) the prince of Fergana and Cisoxiana (present day Afghanistan) one year later directed his compact host of Turkic and Mongol warriors. Babur himself was the scion of a prestigious Mongol dynasty, tracing his lineage back to the world conquerors Tamerlane and Genghis Khan which embedded him with a sense of a right as well as a duty to rule - by conquest if necessary. However, his grandiose dreams of restoring the Timurid Empire were unraveled by the loss of his beloved Samarkand to the Uzbeks. A prince without a throne whose destined place in life seemed denied him, Babur instead turned his eyes south beyond the Hindu Kush; to the Indian subcontinent and the lush riches of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Forays into the Punjab had already been undertaken and the city of Lahore subjugated in 1524 before the Timurid prince crossed the Khyber Pass like the Ghorid and Ghaznavid conquerors before him and went on to make his own destiny in the field at Panipat.

Babur’s eventual victory over the Lodis and Rajputs created the framework for the growth and blossoming of the Mughal Empire (Mughal essentially meaning Mongol), which in time would supplant almost all other states on the sub-continent and mature into an unrivalled martial and cultural powerhouse under the stewardship of Babur’s magnificent grandson Abu'l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar.   


Joppen, Charles (London, 1931): A Historical Atlas of India. Longmans, Green, and Co. (Basemap can be found here)

Habib, Irfan (New York, 1982): An Atlas of the Mughal Empire. Oxford University Press.

Jackson, Peter (Cambridge, 1999): The Delhi Sultanate - A Political and Military History. Cambridge University Press.

Richards, John F. (Cambridge, 1993): The New Cambridge History of India - The Mughal Empire. Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge.

Schwartzberg, Joseph E. (Chicago, 1978): A Historical Atlas of South Asia. Chicago University Press.   

Thackson, Wheeler M. (New York, 1996): The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor. Oxford University Press.  

Europe in 1512
By far the most complex map I've ever made, so there are bound to be at least a few mistakes here and there. Anyways, this is not alternate history per se, but is meant as a starting point for a project I have in mind.

Made in illustrator and photoshop.

MotF 160: The Second Italian War of Charles VIII
At the Battle of Fornovo, king Charles VIII of France manages to defeat the forces of the Italian League albeit the victory comes at a heavy cost. Leaving his cousin Louis of Orleans behind as duke of Milan, Charles returns to France to regroup and rearm his battered forces in Provence - thus avoiding striking his head on a lintel in Amboise. Meanwhile in Florence, Girolamo Savonarola crushes all domestic political opposition prompting Pope Alexander VI to authorise his son Cesare Borgia to march into Florentine territory and enforce the papal interdict of the messianic friar. Doing so with ease, Borgia is proclaimed duke of Florence by his troops and the Guelph nobles and citizens.   

Two years later, Charles returns to Italy to defend his dynasty's right to the throne of Milan, occupying the Duchy of Savoy on his march into the peninsular. This second invasion leads Cesare and Alexander to force the republics of Siena and Lucca into subservience of Borgian Florence in opposition of the French intervention. The Venetian Republic also rallies to the side of anti-French coalition. As Charles marshalls his forces in Milan, Ercole I d'Este, known as The Diamond, duke of Modena and Ferrara marries his son Alfonso to a French princess partly to ingratiate himself with the French behemoth to the North and partly in reaction to the execution of Savonarola by the Florentine authorities. In return for his loyalty Louis of Orleans sweeps down south and aids Ercole in conquering the Duchy of Mantua. Although technically still an independent prince styling himself divus, The Diamond has in effect become a French satrap. 

The states of Northern Italy are thus posed for another round of brutal warfare between those subservient to the King of France led by the Duke of Milan, Louis of Orleans, and those under the Papal aegis of Cesare Borgia. However, events are still in flux. The Emperor has not yet responded, the matter of the Neapolitan throne is still disputed and who's to say that Louis of Orleans will continue to do his cousin's bidding?

EDIT: The map won the contest!
The Ambrosian Netherlands
Ambrosio Spinola, commander of the Army of Flanders isn't recalled to Spain and as a result survives beyond the year 1630. Five years on, the Dutch Union is forced by the Spaniards into accepting a truce that sees the return of all of Brabant, Flanders and Limburg to Habsburg Control. Under the governorship of Spinola, the Bishopric of Liege is later absorbed into the thriving Spanish domains in the Netherlands.   

Done in Illustrator and Photoshop, Coat of Arms purloined form WappenWiki.


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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2017   Digital Artist
Hello, I'm in a DA group about the history of India, and I see you are familiar with that with the excellent maps you've made. I  was wondering if you would be interested in volunteering to create one of your high-quality maps depicting the Maurya Empire at the height of its power.
Milites-Atterdag Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! So for taking so long to reply, it's been a busy couple of weeks for me. I might do a Mauryan Empire map at some point, but I'm going to have my hands full in the immediate future, so any maps I might or might not do will be rather smallish in scale :) 
YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017   Digital Artist
That's alright, your maps are great and anything you could do would be greatly appreciated. :)
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
Thx for ur watch mate^^
MoralisticCommunist Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! :happybounce: 
Milites-Atterdag Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not at all, you're making great cartography!
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
Happy Birthday! :D
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