Maps are more than just instructions on how to get someplace, they're also historical snapshots of what was going on when they were drawn — and they're often very, very weird.

Today, we want to know a few of the stories hidden behind the latitude and longitude of where you are. Maybe it's the story of how a place got its name, maybe it's an explanation for why a seemingly senseless boundary ended up the way it did, or maybe it's something else entirely. Tell us all about it now — and don't forget to include a snap of the map!


Image: 1685 map of the world / A.J. Bormeester.