Each century consists of several layers provided in Latin-1 (ISO-8859-1) and in Unicode Transformation Format 8 (UTF-8): 1) Autonomous peoples: populations with no well-defined authority. 2) Cities: with name and size information for the current century. 3) Dioceses: eyalets or regions, second-level administrative divisions composed of multiple provinces. 4) Sovereign_countries: all independent states or sovereign entities, dependencies (=holder countries) being included in their territory. 5) Holder_countries: all entities, dependent or not, dependent territories not being included in the sovereign territories. 6) Provinces: second-level administrative divisions, in this system, the provinces are the smallest units of administrative division in a country, all other political shapes are generated from this one. Moreover the following physical layers, without names, are provided: big_rivers = main european rivers, fuzzy_borders = polygons representing the uncertainty of some countries boundaries, rivers = main european rivers useful for historical cartography, seas = seas and main lakes. The mountains are common for all the centuries and are provided as 5 contour lines layers: mountains_200, mountains_500, mountains_1000, mountains_2000, mountains_3500. In addition several Styled Layer Descriptors (SLD) are included for: big_rivers, countries, dioceses, provinces, seas, small_rivers, mountains_200, mountains_500, mountains_1000, mountains_2000 and Mountains_3500. A technical Layer Description document is included in each data pack.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.2 adds a sample file specific for the 1800 dataset.