By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 27, 2021) – In Issue 2021-80 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we head to the Island country.


The Philippines is an archipelagic country with over 7,000 islands. 

The Philippines is quite diverse, with 182 native languages spoken, led by Tagalog.   The substantial biodiversity places it into an elite list of seventeen nations that harbor the majority of the earth’s species.

It is one of my favorite countries which I visited, despite the lasting political unrest. 

The first Spanish settlement was established on Cebu Island in 1565 on this day.  After centuries of Spanish rule, the Philippines was ceded to the US in 1898 as an outcome to the Spanish-American War.  It was officially recognized by the US as an independent nation in 1946.

This Crowell and Kirkpatrick map of the Philippines was issued in 1899.

Map of the Philippines – 1899 (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.

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