Santo Domingo, 1800
I don't know very much about the technical requirements that make a "good" map, but from the point of view of a person that has been in design a long time, I do love your choice of color, texture, typography, and overall composition. Very appealing design. Thanks for sharing it. What software did you use? Is this all layers in Photoshop, or did you use something else?
I work in photoshop cs3 only. Mapmaking is simple, but take a lot of time. For coastlines, roads and rivers i use pen tool.
I use this tutorials:
Font - Antykwa Torunska