This week, we learned …
Behold the Triangle Trade. The first leg of the triangle, represented here in green, was usually from a European or New World port to Africa, in which ships carried supplies for sale and trade, such as cloth, beads, guns, and ammunition. When the ship arrived, its cargo would be sold or bartered for slaves. On the second leg, represented here in red, slave ships made the harrowing “Middle Passage” from Africa to the New World. (Dig deeper with AfricaMap’s layers on the second leg, outlining human trafficking by nationality, number of people exported, and the year of the voyages—these are my favorite, and most devastating, layers of the map.) The third leg of the triangle, represented here in black, took the ships back to their home port with cargoes of sugar, rum, molasses, tobacco, and hemp.
Browse through an interactive timeline of America’s “peculiar institution.”
Zoom in on this great map here.
Map by William E. McNulty, National Geographic
Where are the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas platforms, wells, and pipelines?
It’s all in the hips.
Photograph by Connor Long, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-4.0
Did you know king snakes migrate? All the way across a road.
This gorgeous, fascinating map was produced based on information from the 2000 U.S. Census.
Map by Census Bureau, Geography Division, Cartographic Operations Branch
Where was the first Indian reservation?
Illustration by P.Ctnt, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
Use our road map to navigate your detours.
Do not use this map to try to navigate the Northwest Passage.
Map by Jean Janvier, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
Where is the Northwest Passage?
Illustration by Vincedevries, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-4.0
Our website has ways to help you break the laws of stupidity.
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The biggest increase in the report came in the area of education. Don’t limit your teaching of black history to Black History Month.
Dark forces are at work in the universe.
Illustration by Jason Treat, National Geographic
How can the biggest science experiment in the world see in the dark?
How can you help students break down invisible walls?