Maps are early jigsaw puzzles

March 23, 2007 at 6:43 PM

LONDON, March 23 (UPI) -- Early jigsaw puzzles, world maps used to teach geography to the children of Britain's King George III, have gone on display in London.

A young George IV and William IV would have learned the geography of Europe and the African and American colonies in the mid-1700s from the puzzles ordered by their governess, Lady Charlotte Finch, The Telegraph reported.

Britain almost lost the puzzles when a foreign buyer wanted to export them, but officials implemented a ban on exporting maps, keeping them in the country.

The map puzzles will move between Kew Palace and the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, the Telegraph reported.

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