Daily Archives: May 6, 2019

The History of Iberia: Every Year

Ollie Bye
Published on Jun 27, 2017

From around 700 BCE, Celtic tribes began to migrate to Iberia. They came into contact with the Romans, who ruled the entire peninsula for over four centuries until the late 300s CE. They were replaced with various Germanic kingdoms, who were in turn replaced by the Islamic Caliphate. What followed was a gradual reconquest of the area, which had been completed by 1492. After a strengthening of the union of Castile and Aragon in 1516, Iberia took a form roughly similar to today.

The History of Asia: Every Year

Ollie ByePublished on May 6, 2019

See the history of Asia unfold, every year.
Special thanks to Lazardi Wong Jogja, Ęÿūį Æßñ and David Luo for helping with research.
Original Map: http://www.maps-of-the-world.net/maps…

Humans pushing 1 million species to brink of extinction, says UN report

PBS NewsHour

Published on May 6, 2019

A new UN report reveals the extent to which mankind is changing life on Earth. Written by an international panel of experts, it concludes that nearly a quarter of animal and plant groups are at risk of extinction, some within decades. William Brangham talks to one of the report’s authors, the National University of Mexico’s Patricia Balvanera, about what’s driving the changes and how to stop them.

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U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction

May 06, 2019

An alarming new report by a panel of leading scientists warns that human activity is causing the disappearance and deterioration of wildlife at a rate that could represent an existential threat to humanity within our lifetimes. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, released its conclusions today, and found that one million species could go extinct in the foreseeable future unless current trends are reversed. The report will be released in full later this year. This is chair of the UN panel, Sir Robert Watson.

Sir Robert Watson: “We’re losing species at a historical rate, potentially 500,000 to a million species are threatened with loss. We’ve lost much of our native forests, much of our native wetlands and effectively biodiversity needs to be considered as an equally important issue as climate change. It’s not just an environmental issue, it is an economic issue, a development issue, a security issue, social, moral and ethical issue.”

A History of America in 100 Maps: Susan Schulten

Throughout its history, America has been defined through maps. Whether made for military strategy or urban reform, to encourage settlement or to investigate disease, maps invest information with meaning by translating it into visual form. They capture what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared. As such they offer unrivaled windows onto the past.

In this book Susan Schulten uses maps to explore five centuries of American history, from the voyages of European discovery to the digital age. With stunning visual clarity, A History of America in 100 Maps showcases the power of cartography to illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past.

Gathered primarily from the British Library’s incomparable archives and compiled into nine chronological chapters, these one hundred full-color maps range from the iconic to the unfamiliar. Each is discussed in terms of its specific features as well as its larger historical significance in a way that conveys a fresh perspective on the past. Some of these maps were made by established cartographers, while others were made by unknown individuals such as Cherokee tribal leaders, soldiers on the front, and the first generation of girls to be formally educated. Some were tools of statecraft and diplomacy, and others were instruments of social reform or even advertising and entertainment. But when considered together, they demonstrate the many ways that maps both reflect and influence historical change.

Audacious in scope and charming in execution, this collection of one hundred full-color maps offers an imaginative and visually engaging tour of American history that will show readers a new way of navigating their own worlds.


“. . . Several fascinating and rare examples included in A History of America in 100 Maps. Any one may make readers rethink what they know about how the nation came to be.”

Wall Street Journal

“Lavish and fascinating.”


“Maps often capture history much more economically than any narrative. This is Schulten’s premise, which she supports by offering 100 cartographic snapshots of America from the European arrival to the digital age.”

New York Times

“Anyone who loves history, or maps, or American culture should read this book, from cover to cover.It is indeed a fabulous ride.”

The Portolan

“Schulten does exactly what she promises at the beginning of her book: provide a visual tour through American history, supported by maps. History, in this case, is not written with a capital H, but is instead conceived as a collection of individual stories, with each map having its own to tell. Reading A History of America in 100 Maps is certainly a nice way to learn about the United States of America’s past and the fascinating parts map-making has played in that history.”

— Jörn Seemann ― Cartographic Perspectives

About the Author

Susan Schulten is professor of history at the University of Denver. She is the author of Mapping the Nation: History andCartography in Nineteenth-Century America and The Geographical Imagination inAmerica, 1880–1950, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press; First edition (September 21, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 022645861X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0226458618
  • Item Weight : 3.52 pounds


Published on Dec 11, 2016