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.