By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 12, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the anniversary of the capital of India. 


India is not only the most populous country on earth (at 1.4 billion just passing China), but is the most genetically diverse.  It has 447 native languages consistent with its history of having regional and small states.

The British influence started with the British East India Company who established its strongest roots in Bengal in the 1700s.

Not surprisingly, as the British took over the subcontinent, Calcutta (Kolkata now), the largest city in Bengal, became the capital.

Then on December 12, 1911 the capital was moved to (New) Delhi simply because it is more central and the British felt the country could be administered easier from Delhi.

I’d highly recommend a trip to India, but only for those who can manage living with and in organized chaos.

Teesdale’s map of India from 1831 is shown here.  

India – 1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

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: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.