DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 29, 2020) – In Issue 98 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps which Turkey do you want?  

Turkey in Asia map – 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Turkey Europe map – 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)


The land straddling two continents.   Modern Turkey was founded just 97 years ago today, but the history of its people and land goes back many millennia.

The oldest temple known is here – built about 12,000 years ago.  Many will associate Turkey with the Ottoman Empire that started to rise by the end of the 13th century and ruled central and southeast Europe, western Asia and northern Africa from about the mid-1400s to the late 18th century when its influence and size began to shrink.

Here are two maps by Teesdale from 1831 showing Turkey well short of its maximum size, but still holding on to territory beyond its current borders.  One map is Turkey in Europe and the other is Turkey in Asia. 

More recently map makers, like gas station map makers, at times incorporated fake towns or city streets to catch others copying their maps.   

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.