In 1836 Oceanie ou Cinquieme Partie du Monde by Gregoire Louis Domeny de Rienzi (1789-1843) was published by Firmin Didot Freres of Paris, France. Over the years, Stanley's four Pacific travel guides have included engravings from De Rienzi's three-volume work. The 60 original De Rienzi prints of Australia, Indonesia, the South Pacific, Papua, and Timor now on MapSouthPacific.com were not previously used. Captioned thumbnails click through to pop ups of each engraving.
The map pages on Mapsouthpacific.com cover American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Niue, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and French Polynesia, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna. Alongside the maps are country introductions by David Stanley, with links to selected airlines, governments, tourist offices, and online travel guides.
The maps and guides page reviews the latest editions of Pacific travel guides from Frommers, Lonely Planet, Moon Handbooks, the University of Hawaii, and other leading publishers. Book and map covers are displayed, and hot links are provided to Amazon sites worldwide. It's a useful reference point for anyone planning a trip to Polynesia, Melanesia, or Micronesia.
Map South Pacific is the second major travel website designed by M.E. de Vos. A partner site SouthPacific.org online since 1999 currently ranks first at Google, MSN, and Yahoo on searches for the words "south pacific." Now MapSouthPacific.com seems destined to rival Southpacific.org in the search engine results.