About the Historical Atlas of the Arctic

Caveat on all the maps

These maps exist for educational and general reference purposes only. While all efforts have been made to make them as accurate as possible without destroying clarity, there is no absolute guarantee of accuracy. As such, these maps have no reliability for purposes of navigation, border disputes, or tribal claims.

These maps are about power and political reality, not legitimacy

International borders reflect those recognized at the time by most powers, colors reflect control at the time. Neither has anything to do with what was then or is now perceived as right or wrong, just or unjust.

About Omniatlas™

Omniatlas.com 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.

An atlas such as this would have been impossible to produce without access to wikipedia, Google, Encyclopaedia Britannica and Microsoft Encarta, and assistance from Auckland City Libraries and the University of Auckland. 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