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Habitable Antarctica: Settlements before 1710 by schreibstang Habitable Antarctica: Settlements before 1710 by schreibstang
Antarctica remained untouched by human habitation in recorded history until 1602, when Māori settlers arrived at the fertile "southern" coastline. A few more settlements were made in the following years, while unknown to them (they were unknown to the Europeans at the time too) early settlements from the English, Scottish, Dutch, and French were being made. Contact between the groups was made in the 1620s but no European settlements were made in Māori-settled areas until Portuguese settlement in 1631.

The main focus for settlement was in the "northwest" part of the continent, which was lush, temperate, and very hospitable. Late settlements by early powers are not shown unless if they are of greater significance in new territory. Latecomers such as Russia, Austria, and Denmark often had to settle in areas that seemed less desirable, though later it would be realized that they had found some of the better areas (similar to how Europeans often thought areas such as the great plains weren't worth settling at first), leading to later wars. But I'll save that for the next map.

I've tried my best to provide appropriate names, which all refer to the settlements themselves rather than the colonies which often consisted of the name of the settling country prefixed by New. There are many similarities to the settlement of the Americas in our world, although due to whatever was going on in Europe at the time, Spain in particular had less of a presence and Scotland had a much greater one.

For more information and maps about Habitable Antarctica:
Political map (1800): schreibstang.deviantart.com/ar…
Physical map: schreibstang.deviantart.com/ar…
Climate map: schreibstang.deviantart.com/ar…

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fildu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
HI. Love your idea. I am interested in what is the pseudo-historical basis of the time-line however. In reality (of sorts) the earliest settlements (by far) would be Australian aborigines if they could have developed better sea-faring boats, then Maori and other Polynesian, Easter Islanders and Patagonians. Not much later and possibly simultaneously would be the Portuguese and Spanish and only much later the British, Dutch, French and then the rest. Perhaps you could try this? I have written a story called Continental Capers which looks at a inhabitable Antarctica in a similar way to yours but in the future.
Cheers,
Phil.

 
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PropagandaStamps Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
"Druzhby Narodov" ... so Russian settlements were friends with penguins ?
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
The peoples involved were immigrants of various ethnicities hoping to form a utopian society (well, who knows how they succeeded, but it probably turned out better than Imperial Russia). Let's hope they are friends with the penguins too.
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avssilvester Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
ou, it's nice idea and very interesting map, but "friends of nations" and national division of labor in best years in RI was no less than in USSR. And I think there was no reasons for name towns like that :)
It is more likely that there will be something to do with the religion and / or runaway orthodox splitters ("old believers"/staroobryads)
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ChaircarMao Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Which one would be for China,mein vaterland.
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Hardwing Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
It really looks amazing!

Continue please!
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schreibstang Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks :) I have a whole series of maps planned, I just need to find the time to work on them.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Looks fascinating. Will this be continued ?
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schreibstang Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks :) I have a lot of ideas for future maps in the series, I just need the time to work on them.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Take as much time as needed! :)
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner May 15, 2015   Artist
Is the Americas still colonized?
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schreibstang Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I explained on the earlier maps that in this scenario, the Americas don't exist, or else there is something about them that makes them undesirable to European colonizers at least (though they never seemed to care and tried anyway), but probably that they don't exist.
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds interesting!
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Scipia Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
That's a very interesting idea :) I wonder how these colonies will evolve ^^
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
What an interesting project, so this is the begin of new nations? **
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schreibstang Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Indeed :D I can't wait to see how these colonies grow into nations.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Sadly no prussian one only austrian, Friedrich will be envious XD
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schreibstang Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
There's still room on the continent for more latecomers! Anything could happen...
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
That would be cool **
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