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Maps on FIBIwiki can be found in the Map Image Category. The FIBIS Search also a Maps section.

Other sources of maps on the wiki include:

Battle Maps

Sy Morse-Brown has created a number of Battle Maps detailing manoeuvres in wars, campaigns and battles. These can be browsed by campaign in the FIBIS Battle Maps category.

Also see

Place Names in India

Marcus F C Martin, a geographer devised a simple way to understand the old English spellings for Indian places. “For example, FATEHPUR (‘City of Victory’) is a fairly common placename and by the mid-19th century it could be spelled in at least seven ways: FUTTIHPOOR, FUTIHPORE, FUTTAPORE, FUTTEHPOOR, FUTTIPOUR, FUTTYPOOR, FUTTYPORE etc. Marcus saw that the consonants were fairly accurate and could be reduced to a short code: here ‘FTP’ or, if you prefer 4 characters, ‘FTPR’. Then

a.. treat soft ‘c’, ‘ch’ and ‘chh’ as being the same;
b.. treat hard ‘c’, ‘k’ and ‘q’ also as the same; and
c.. treat double consonants as single (‘ck’ as ‘k’, ‘tt’ as ‘t’ etc);
d.. Ignore vowels, except at the beginning of a name, when they should be replaced by a wildcard, such as a dash (-).

Marcus was apparently delighted to find, using this principle, that OOMRAWUTTEE was modern AMRAOTI (both names will code to ‘-MRT’). He published a pamphlet which is long since out of print, with coded tables for the 3,900 Post Offices that existed in India in 1877, when they were renamed in standardised form and continued until independence.

The principle is quite easy to remember and helps enormously when looking up placenames in atlases and gazetteers.”[1]

External links

Constable's Hand Atlas of India 1893 Note digital file may be slow to open.
  • Imperial Gazetteer of India Maps from the Digital South Asia Library,University of Chicago.
  • List of Maps of Towns and Cities 1911 The maps may then be located within the text of the book A Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma, and Ceylon published by John Murray, London Eighth Edition 1911 Note: the full map will generally be the second map shown.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection South Asia which includes
These high-resolution historical maps have very good detail when increased in size.
Currently (November 2014) all the maps are from the British Library India Office Records collection.
  • Railway maps
  • Ceylon maps
See Ceylon
  • Singapore and Southeast Asia. Rare Maps Collection: A digital collection of Singapore and Southeast Asia's print heritage from BookSG, National Library Singapore.

About maps and place names


  1. Smith, Max Place Name Rootsweb India Mailing List 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2014
  2. Page 178 The General East-India Guide and Vade-mecum ... in British India and the Adjacent Parts of Asia (etc.) by J B Gilchrist 1825 Google Books