The chapter briefly presents the cartographic heritage of the Valpovo Estate from the first half of the 18th to the middle of the 20th century, which is preserved mainly in the holdings of the State Archives in Osijek and the Museum of Slavonia Osijek, as well as other institutions, such as the Croatian State Archives.
The historical significance of those maps is manifold, and partly arises from the fact that they are mostly unique, hand-written items, made by local surveyors, i.e. cadastral surveyors, on the basis of field measurements. Due to the above, as well as the fact that they represent a rich source of historical information about the Valpovo Estate, they have a relevant place in the overall corpus of Croatian modern cartographic heritage. The chapter provides an overview of the history of geodetic measurements and modern-day cartography, then a bit about the typology and purpose of maps and their historical significance.
The selection of the maps for the exhibition was still aimed at providing a representative overview, including both the type and content. Therefore, the most important overview maps of the Valpovo Estate, land maps and cadastral plans of individual rural municipalities, as well as maps related to water projects or infrastructure construction are included in the exhibition.
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