About Omniatlas

Omniatlas is a free interactive historical atlas which shows step-by-step historical maps covering major world and regional events. On this site you can discover free maps, articles, and timelines for education, reference, and teacher resources.


Omniatlas is run by Rick Westera, a software developer, part-time historian, and eccentric polymath based in Auckland, New Zealand. You can contact him via Omniatlas on Facebook or Twitter.

The maps and images produced by Omniatlas are free to share so long as Omniatlas is notified and clearly credited.


An atlas such as this would have been impossible to produce without access to wikipedia, Google, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and Natural Earth, and assistance from Auckland Council Libraries and the University of Auckland. The maps and website are produced using a number of commercial and open source products including Python, Django, Adobe Creative Cloud, and QGIS.

The following people have also made notable contributions to this site:

  • Timothy NeenoCairoEgypt
  • Maksym MaiorovSevastopolUkraine
  • Sam HuddyLos Angeles, CaliforniaUnited States
  • Janina GaudinPortmanteau DigitalAucklandNew Zealand
  • Philip DainekaBelarus
  • Ben Cahoonworldstatesmen.orgArlington, VirginiaUnited States
  • Erik BengtssonStockholmSweden
  • Matthew A Levey