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Old Maps Online is a search engine for historical maps with a map interface.
It indexes a huge number maps made available online by archives and libraries, including major online map sources mentioned below.
It had vignettes of major buildings around the border, as did some other 17th-century town plans.Although decorative, the focus of the map itself is strictly on getting from A to B.A few landmark buildings are shown in elevation, but built-up areas in plan - a combination typical of the transition from bird's eye views to modern maps.Cambridge University has a set of hand-coloured proof copies of Speed's maps, which it has put online.
Maps could be commissioned for military reasons, for property owners or as evidence in legal cases, for example these interesting maps of the Plantation of Londonderry by the London Companies.
Early town maps were bird's-eye views, showing buildings in elevation, with varying degrees of accuracy.