Category Archives: History

Listed buildings in Great Britain mapped

English Heritage, an independent public body funded by the British taxpayer, maintains a list of several hundred thousand historically significant structures in England. Structures are graded according to importance – Grade I being the highest. A new interactive map on … Continue reading

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Visualizing early Washington D.C.

UMBC’s Imaging research center is working on a best guess reconstruction of Washington DC in 1814 – the year the British systematically set fire to Government buildings including the then under-construction Capitol and White house. Apparently what started off as … Continue reading

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A hundred years of over-fishing

From David McCandless, a striking visualization of plummeting fish stocks over the past 100 years. Maps from 1900 and 2000 compare the biomass of popularly eaten fish in the North Atlantic. The images were commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts as … Continue reading

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Mapping the American Civil War

As part of its ongoing coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War 1861-65, the Washington Post has published a map providing an interactive guide to battles and casualties. The feature highlights both the widespread nature of the … Continue reading

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Doomsday Map

The Doomsday Book is the record of an in-depth survey of England and Wales completed in 1086. It’s purpose was to establish material wealth of land owners and create a record of tax liability after the Norman conquest of the … Continue reading

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Mother’s day dates

Did you know different countries celebrate Mothers’s day on different dates of the year ? Often the exact date can be traced back to ancient festivals, such as the Roman festival of Hilaria The commonest date occurs on the second … Continue reading

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750 million years of the Earth’s history

The Visible Paleo-Earth project is an initiative by the Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPR Arecibo) to visualize the Earth’s appearance over the past 750 million years. You may have already seen Ronald … Continue reading

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Reduction in Native American lands over time

SunIsUp on Tumblr has put together a series of maps charting the shrinkage of Native American lands. The animated gif displays land loss in the continental United States at roughly ten year intervals from 1784 to 1895. As you might … Continue reading

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