The need for good maps in Asia began early in history thanks to extensive overland and maritime trading between the many states and kingdoms… and when looking at more modern maps of the Far East and Southeast Asia you will soon run into the history of the East India Companies in the region.
Here are some cartographic resources which reveal the companies’ and Western colonial powers’ own cartography as well as a selection of other useful maps and illustrations of trade routes.
The link to the information is given under each image. Where a high resolution version of the map is available online publicly I’ve linked from our smaller image here to the main file.
1. Dutch East India Company trade network in the 18th Century
Regional trade and indications of main export/import products
VOC i.e. Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-indische Compagnie) trade routes map by Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Dept. of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University
2. 1783 Bonne Map of India, Southeast Asia, and East Indies
The map below includes extensive inland detail: it was drawn by Rigobert Bonne for Lattre’s Atlas Moderne.