How four British migrations defined America

They came from different places and with different ideas, which still resonate today

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  • Early British settlement of the American colonies came in four distinct waves, from different places.
  • Puritans, Cavaliers, Quakers and Borderers had their own ideas of what America should be.
  • Some of the cultural fault lines in today's America can be traced back to those differences.
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All of Jimi Hendrix’s gigs in one beautiful flash

Remarkable 'fan art' commemorates 50th anniversary of legendary guitar player's passing.

Image: Owen Powell, reproduced with kind permission.
  • Legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix died exactly 50 years ago today.
  • From September 1966 to his death, he performed over 450 times.
  • This spectacular 'gigograph' shows the geographic dimension of his short but busy career.
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Why Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul into an island

'Kanal Istanbul' would create a second Bosporus – and immortalize its creator.

Image: Randam, CC BY-SA 4.0 (alteration by Ruland Kolen)
  • The Bosporus is three times busier than the Suez Canal, and getting worse.
  • To resolve marine congestion, Turkey wants to build a 'second Bosporus'.
  • The controversial project would alter local geography – and may have unintended consequences.

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The weird, enchanting beauty of geology maps

Two Williams pioneered geological mapping in Britain and the United States - but the world only remembers one.

  • Science is often blamed for making the world less 'magical,' but geology maps are proof of the opposite.
  • William Smith and William Maclure produced amazing geology maps of Britain and the U.S., respectively.
  • Their pioneering work is still important – and enchanting – today; but one William's legacy outshines the other one's.
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    How maps confirm anti-migrant bias

    'Battlefield maps' show continent under attack from hostile invaders.

    Image: De Correspondent, reproduced with kind permission.
    • Maps aren't objective. And migration maps aren't innocent.
    • Consciously or not, their content and form can confirm anti-migrant prejudices.
    • Alternative mapping options are available – but perhaps the answer isn't a map at all.
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