Many will be unaware that Tibet has been been a free and independent nation for over two millenia before China invaded in 1950. The fact of it’s national freedom was noted by very early travellers and later map-makers from the 17th Century onwards, who showed clearly Tibet as a distinct territory with its own national boundaries (as seen on these maps to the North or North-East Of India). This record is an important statement testifying to the veracity of Tibetan claims, that their land was a sovereign nation and not a part of China. The following selection of antique maps reveal that truth and we would invite you to share these, or post upon your Blog, Site, or Facebook page as an action of support For Tibet. You can download these PDF files on the links below. Thank you.
Editorial Note: Grateful appreciation to @tibettruthFR for her research in locating these maps which are available in various avenues of the Internet. We received recently a communication on our featuring them, the wording and tone of which though unhelpful, was appreciated in emphasizing the importance of copyright. To what degree that applies to the antique maps above is a matter of debate, while those from the 20th Century may have seen an expiration of copyright a transfer, or been resold to individuals or companies unknown. It’s a complex area, made more so since the advent of the Internet and Digital Media. This Blog nor Tibettruth asserts copyright over these and they are included on a non-commercial basis in the context of ‘Fair Use’ for reasons of research, education, and scholarship.