Nov 2018
Finishing a project on the 8th Century and am fully realizing that many of the places and names are ... not exactly common knowledge. How many people know where the port of Ceuta is?

Maps would definitely help the project, but I am unsure if there is a application that will allow me to add details to my own map? Or whether there is a database of historical maps? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Ad Honorem
Aug 2016
I find it easier to draw my own maps using the drawing toolbar in Word. The problem is that there is no such thing as a perfect map. Every map has flaws. Every map can emphasize some features but must minimize other features. Each problem therefore requires its own map. I doubt you will find a good map on the internet that solves your problem. Whatever you find will probably show features that serve only to distract your audience from whatever it is you are trying to show them.

Find a basic map that shows the country or continent you're interested in. Print it and draw a grid on it, maybe 10 squares by 10 or maybe fewer. Now draw the same grid on a blank page in Word. Now draw the map one grid square at a time. Start in the upper left. If the upper left square of the paper map has a squiggly coast line, draw the same squiggly line in the upper left square in Word. Keep going until you finish all of the grid squares. When you're done, remove the grid in Word and see how all of the squiggly lines fit together. Use tools like Group to link different lines together or Ungroup to remove mistakes and redraw that portion. It doesn't have to be perfect. It only has to be close enough that your audience can recognize "Oh, that's Africa," or "Oh, that's Italy." Once you've got the basic land forms down, then add the features you want like cities and ports, country boundaries, whatever. Don't forget a scalebar and North arrow.
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