Mississippi River TypeMap
This is a map of the cities and towns that lie along the Mississippi River. One of the things I am trying to achieve in these maps is to have the words that make up the map read as a free form poem. In this one, I think that comes across particularly strong since you can "read" it from the river's source in the top left to the mouth in the bottom right.
I have not color coded the place names on this map as I did in my Aleutian Islands TypeMap but the same theme is present with many towns having Native American names (in addition to the river itself). French names are also quite present as you travel down the river. Then there is the intriguing sequence of Egyptian-inspired names that includes Memphis, Thebes, Angola, and Cairo.
I assembled the base map by drawing the river and placing the cities on the appropriate side of the river to try and stay geographically accurate. But I knew as I was building it that I was going to center the towns on the middle of the river to emphasize the river's meandering path.