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 (1803-1815) Napoleonic Wars    
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littlepowell
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Reading a Napoleonic era Map
Posted on: 2/20/2017 2:55:43 PM
Below is a screen-cap from the Ferraris map. I'm trying to determine the quality of the roads shown. It's my assumption that the wide roads (lined with what appear to be hedges) are the great quality roads (perhaps cobblestone) the roads sans-hedges are good quality, and the dotted lines are poor roads (basically paths?)

Would you agree with this assumption? Are there any others more familiar with this map or era of maps that have more concrete information?


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BWilson

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Reading a Napoleonic era Map
Posted on: 2/20/2017 3:14:28 PM
 Not familiar with the quality of road surfaces in that era. I think, though, in the case of France at least, what appears to be hedge-lined is actually spaced large trees on both sides of the road. Some of these roads were still extant when I used to drive through France -- the trees being there to provide shade on sunny days. IMO, the dashed lines on this map may represent some sort of civil administrative boundary rather than a way.

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littlepowell
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Reading a Napoleonic era Map
Posted on: 2/21/2017 11:25:58 AM
Hi BW - Thanks for that info. You may be right about the dashed lines.. The larger view of the map shows them all over the place, some dotted lines, other dashed.. I believe the Ferraris maps were released as part of an atlas. Maybe there is more info in the atlas itself, such as a map key.
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littlepowell
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Reading a Napoleonic era Map
Posted on: 2/21/2017 11:50:29 AM
BTW - If you want to check out the full viewer (map geeks like myself will have a ball here):

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BWilson

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Reading a Napoleonic era Map
Posted on: 2/21/2017 12:03:00 PM
 Not sure if you seen this legend -- [Read More] ... it at least states that paths are shown by a dotted line.

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BW
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littlepowell
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Reading a Napoleonic era Map
Posted on: 2/21/2017 5:09:43 PM
Ah, looks like thats the key for the real Ferraris set. The one I have linked above may not be Ferraris (may have made a mistake on my sources)

It's amazing the detail it shows. That should help, thanks BW.
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