Create your own
custom historical map

  • Make a map of the World, Europe or the United States in various chronologies
  • Color code countries or states on the map
  • Fill in the legend and download as an image file
  • Use the map in your project or share it with your friends
  • Free and easy to use
  • For modern maps, please visit MapChart
making a map with MapChart on a laptop

Color an editable historical map

  • Choose from one of the many maps showing the state of World, Europe, or the United States in various years, including:
  • Choose from one of the many maps of regions and countries, including:
    • World maps for 1815, 1880, 1914, 1938
    • World map for the duration of the Cold War and beyond (1946-2016)
    • European World War I and II maps
    • US historical map, featuring the territorial evolution of the United States from 1790 to today
  • Generate your map in a high-quality PNG image, which you can use for free.

Created maps are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Creative Commons License

Map showing Allied and Axis countries at the beginning of World War II

Get your map in 3 simple steps

  1. Click on any country/state on the map to change its color.
  2. Add the title you want for the map's legend and choose a text/description for each color group.
  3. Select Preview Map and download your map as an image.

Browser Support: Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari/Edge 100% , Internet Explorer nope .


Fully customize your free map


daxis power in world war 2 historical map
  • Use the color scheme you want for your map.
  • Suitable colors for statistical and choropleth maps.
  • Use patterns (dots, stripes, lines, etc.) for countries/states that belong in two groups.
  • Change background color, borders, legend font, legend color and give your map your own styling.


World map in 1914 focused on Africa
  • Get a high-resolution PNG image of your map for free.
  • Hide any country/state you don't need on the map.
  • Use Zoom Mode to zoom in and focus on a specific map area.
  • Resize and move the map's legend around.
  • Save your work and continue your map later.


US civil war map in 1860
  • Great for making alternate history scenarios.
  • Learn more about historical periods.
  • Use the sliders on the Cold War world map and US historical map to check the territorial evolution of countries and states.

Ready? Select the historical map you want to create from below

For modern maps please visit MapChart.






Cold War (and beyond)



World War I

World War II

United States

Historical USA Map (1790 to today)

Latest Updates

  • Check out the Blog for everything related to MapChart!
  • Visit the new USA Historical map to create a map showing the territorial evolution of the United States from 1790 to today.
  • The Cold War World Map is now live! Use the slider to change the year and make a map of the Cold War era, from 1946 to 1989 (and beyond).
  • The first maps are World in 1815 (Napoleonic Wars), 1880 and World/Europe in 1914 (start of World War I) and 1938 (start of World War II).
  • Please know that producing accurate historical maps is pretty difficult, taking into account the limited resources available and of course, the fluid borders of countries, kingdoms, duchies, emirates, etc. for a specific era. This is a first attempt to make such a resource available for free so I need the help of the community to improve and make it as accurate as possible.
  • Nevertheless, if you found a mistake on the map, I would be happy to check it out and fix it accordingly. Just make sure that you include a link to the image or the source that can back up your claim, so I can easily consider it and make the change.
  • Contact me for any bugs or feature recommendations through the feedback page.