• AP US History: the Map Project


    For this project, you will need to conduct methodical research and create several types of maps that illustrate various facets of United States History in the 19th century.  Your maps must be functional – that is, legible, neat, complete, and keyed where appropriate.  Your maps are to be useable by others(and will be...).  Your grade will be based on the following factors, for a total of 50 points:


    10 points  - neatness

    20 points – completeness

    10 points – functionality

    10 points – overall effort/creativity                       


    It is YOUR decision what type of product you are going to create.  Perfect grades in the past have been given to posters, tri-folds, stapled packets, power point projects, and three-dimensional maps. However, there must be three distinct maps AND a census page submitted for your project to be complete.  Each is explained below.


    The due date for the map project is the second day of unit VI.  I will give you the first day of unit VI in class to work on your project, so bring the appropriate materials to class.


    Each map must include the following in some manner:



    Map Study I

    Territorial Expansion: 1783 – 1821


    • Identify the original 13 colonies
    • Print the Appalachian Mountains over the proper area
    • Indicate the boundary of the United States after the 1783 Treaty of Paris.
    • Indicate by asterisks (*) posts in the United States held by the British after the American Revolution.
    • Identify the Louisiana Purchase area
    • Show the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition
    • Do the same for Pike’s expedition
    • Indicate the western boundary line as established by the Adams-Onis Treaty
    • Shade in East and West Florida separately, and write the dates of acquisition for each.
    • Indicate the northern boundaries of the United States after the settlement withBritain in 1818.
    • Draw the boundaries of the states admitted to the Union between 1791 and 1821, identifying each and its date of admission.
    • Print “Oregon Country” over the area jointly occupied by the US and Britain from 1818 to 1846. 











    Map Study II

    Manifest Destiny 1820 – 1853


    • The Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 settled the boundary between Maine andNew Brunswick.  Indicate the area acquired by the US, and indicate the area given up by the US in a separate color.
    • Identify the territory claimed by the Republic of Texas.  Show the area whose ownership was disputed between the US and Mexico
    • Identify the principal area of dispute in the Oregon Controversy, and the area acquired by the US in 1846.
    • Identify the area of Mexican Cession (area surrendered to the US by Mexico after the Mexican-American War)
    • Identify the Gadsden Purchase area
    • Identify all states established between 1820 and 1854, including the year in which each became a state.



    Map Study III

    The Transportation Revolution


    • Label the Great Lakes
    • Label the major Eastern and Western Mountain Ranges of the United States
    • Trace the Mississippi River system (the Mississippi River and its major tributaries)
    • Locate important cities along this system.
    • Indicate the route of the National Road
    • Show the Natchez Trace.
    • Trace the routes of the following canal systems and note the key cities located along the canal routes: (see the map on p 330 of your text)




         Ohio and Erie

          Illinois and Michigan

         Cincinnati and Toledo

         Evansville and Toledo

    ·         Indicate the outline of the Gadsden Purchase

    ·         Trace the route of the first Transcontinental Railroad, indicating Promontory Point.



    The Census Study


    On a separate sheet of paper (or slide, frame, etc. depending on your format), indicate the census numbers (straight population) for each state in the years 1790, 1800, and 1820.

    Explain your population distribution findings in 1-3 paragraphs, paying specific attention to states/regions that make dramatic gains over that time span.  Which ones do?  Why might that occur?  What are the ramifications?





    Map Study Grading Rubric:


    10 points  - neatness (is the map readable?  Uncluttered?  Clear?)


    __________/20 points – completeness (Are all criteria accurately represented?)


    __________/10 points – functionality (Is the map easily used?  Does it contain appropriate keys?  Is it confusing?)


    __________/10 points – overall effort/creativity                                                                                                                                                        (Is the project a slapdash effort or one worthy of an AP student?)






    __________/50 total points

Last Modified on October 9, 2013