Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Cultural History of the World

This fascinating video maps the birth and death locations of 100,000 notable people throughout history. The data shows how people migrate through the centuries--how in the 18th century people were born in England and died in America but by the 19th century migration had shifted and people were being born on the east coast and dying on the west coast.

I've made it sound terribly boring, but it's really quite interesting. So many stories are represented in those dots and lines--the lives lived and the families relocated and the journeys across the ocean. Take a look!

Screenshot of the video

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