“Moral & political chart of the inhabited World”

A fascinating 1837 map entitled

Moral & political chart of the inhabited World; exhibiting the prevailing religion, form of government, degree of civilization, and population of each country.

The legend indicates that in 1837, there were:

  • Five Degrees of civilization: Savage, Barbarous, Half civilized, Civilized, Enlightened.
  • Five Forms of Government: Monarchical or Imperial, Republican, Limited Monarchy, Independent Chiefs or Dukes, Viceroys or Governors under another country.
  • Three Religions: Christian, Mahometan, Pagan.

Levels of wealth were evidently far less apparent or significant then as now.

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