(Note, I rate map templates based on map design and creativity alone - all other scores here merley reflect 'map design')
Only defects, from my point of view, is the lack of USA as a whole or, alternatively, the lack of depicting North America as a whole (it does look like a good map, however, to depict English colonization - but not of the U.S.). Basically, as it is now it should have been called part of North America rather then USA, since it inluded parts of Canada and Mexico and excluded Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories
(~Please note, this is a side ramble ~ yes territories; based on the definition of empire the U.S. could be called one even as far back as the late 1800s after the war against Spain. In fact, many American people, and other people internationally, were complaining after the war with Spain that they feared the imperialistic desires of the American government. However, WWI, the great depression, and WWII quickly dropped the subject from many people's discussion topics as there was more prominant issues at hand. As time went on after WWII, the subject became mostly one discussed at universities and/or by historians and dropped by the average American person for the most part. - anyways, I was just discussing this with a friend yesterday and it is one of my favorite subjects to discuss/debate so had to include it here.)
Anyways. Great map, next to perfect. Title should be different though.