What are basemaps?
Basemaps are the layer of "normal" things
you’d expect to see on a map like water, country
borders, cities, points of interest, etc. They are called
basemaps because they are the "base" that provides
context for the markers and overlays you add on top.
What’s a static map?
A static map is an image that you can generate using a
simple URL. These are great for quickly embedding a
non-interactive map, optionally with markers at various
locations. If you just want to throw a quick map with some
pins into an image tag, these are the ticket.