Gazetteer of Beauplan's Ukraine
In 1630, Guillaume Le Vasseur, sieur de Beauplan, travelled to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to begin
a seventeen-year military career in the Crown army. His account of this period was published in 1660 as
La description d’Ukraine. In addition to providing a coherent tableau of 17th century Ukrainian
landscape, peoples, flora, and climate, Beauplan’s work provides a major cartographic description of this region.
The purpose of the Gazetteer of Beauplan’s Ukraine (GBU)project is to provide a georeferenced database for
places shown on Beauplan’s maps. The gazbu database captures populated places, rivers, river fords,
river rapids, islands, forests, mountains, and valleys. For more on the GBU project, see the project repository.