I’ve called background methods those functions useful for drawing borders, lands, etc. to distinguish them from those aimed to draw user data. arcgisimage(server=’http://server.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS’, service=’ESRI_Imagery_World_2D’, xpixels=400, ypixels=None, dpi=96, verbose=False, **kwargs) An important point when using this method is that the projection must be set using the epsg argument, unless 4326, or cyl in Basemap notation is used. To see how to set a projection this way, see the section Using epsg to set the projection The example shows Menorca island using the UTM projection at the zone 31N, and can be used with many layers: drawcounties(linewidth=0.1, linestyle=’solid’, color=’k’, antialiased=1, facecolor=’none’, ax=None, zorder=None, drawbounds=False) A method that draws at once lakes, land and oceans. Avoids fillcontinents and drawmapboundary. Besides, it can change the data origin to a custom array of points. drawlsmask(land_color=‘0.8’, ocean_color=’w’, lsmask=None, lsmask_lons=None, lsmask_lats=None, lakes=True, resolution=’l’, grid=5, **kwargs) drawmeridians(meridians, color=’k’, linewidth=1.0, zorder=None, dashes=[1, 1], labels=[0, 0, 0, 0], labelstyle=None, fmt=’%g’, xoffset=None, yoffset=None, ax=None, latmax=None, **kwargs) This example shows the simplest way to use the function, using the Azimuthal equidistant projection. To see a more complex example, take a look at drawparallels drawparallels(circles, color=’k’, linewidth=1.0, zorder=None, dashes=[1, 1], labels=[0, 0, 0, 0], labelstyle=None, fmt=’%g’, xoffset=None, yoffset=None, ax=None, latmax=None, **kwargs) The example shows some avance functions, such as labeling or zorder, using the polyconic projection. To see a simpler example, take a look ar drawmeridians Draws the American countries states borders from the layer included with the library. Draws also the Australian states. Plots a relief image called etopo taken from the NOAA. The image has a 1’’ arch resolution, so when zooming in, the results are quite poor. Plots a shaded relief image. The origin is the www-shadedrelief.com web page. The original image size is 10800×5400 The problem is that using only these parameters won’t add the layer properly. There are more mandatory arguments: Source.