Reading Aaron Arrowsmith's "Atlas of South India"


ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships




This project repurposes digitally the prototype for modern large-scale, geodetically-referenced maps in South Asia—Arrowsmith's Atlas of South India. This atlas project references both the scholarly literature produced independently of this rare document and the equivalent sheets of the East India Company's Indian Atlas (1827-1906), also to be digitally repurposed in this venture. Embedded colonial British mindsets notwithstanding, the atlas provides insight into settlement and transportation systems extant before the spatial transformation of India by modernizing state-based colonialism founded on railroad, post, and telegraph. This project assists all place-based scholarly research including history, geography, anthropology, archeology, and planning and development studies.