The March of Cholera in 1865


Chart Indicating the March of Cholera in 1865

Note: the chart “actually maps the pandemic’s diffusion from 1865 into the 1870s” (Koch, p. 160).


“From the pandemic’s origin in India, it moves first by sea routes and then over land into Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and finally to Britain, from which it travels to Canada and the United States.” (Koch, p. 160)


This “English Government Map” was included in the U.S. Congressional report by J.M. Woodworth (1875).

The image was scanned from Fig 7.1 in Koch (2005).

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The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. This photograph of the work is also in the public domain in the United States (see Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.).


Woodworth, J.M. (1875) “The cholera epidemic of 1873 in the United States.
House of Representatives. 43d Cong. 2d Session, House Ex. Doc. No. 95
(University of British Columbia Library).

Koch, Tom (2005). Cartographies of Disease. ESRI Press, Redlands, California.