Five for Friday: Interesting and Fun Maps That Tell You A Lot More Than Where Things Are

Australia.jpgTired of looking at the same old political world map? Check out these different, fun, and interesting maps! Which one is your favorite?

What’s in an American Name?

Maybe one of the coolest maps I’ve ever come across, this interactive map of the United States displays hundreds of Native American place names from across the country and experts best guesses as to what their English translations are. Find out the likely meanings of city names you have been using your whole life such as Manhattan, which may literally mean “where one gathers wood for bows.” Place names such as Allapattah, Florida, might sound silly to us, but it makes sense when you learn that “allapattah” probably means “alligator.” Scrolling over this map of place names (which magnifies the words for you) is like scrolling over a map that describes the land features and people of each area in the US. Challenge: try to find what city name means “the place where dung is found.”

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