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Socket map of the world

Socket map of the world | Geography 101 |

Tags: cartography, technology, globalization, historical, regions, mapping, colonialism.

Via Seth Dixon
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This map is interesting because it shows where the former British Empire had its influences , especially in British-Africa territories. The only four countries that use the light blue are all in the southern hemisphere as the article points out, and the American model can be largely seen in the western hemisphere, However, there is the American model in Saudi Arabia. It seems that the rest of the world uses the light green or the dark green models. 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 17, 2012 3:57 PM

This map might appear to be completely trivial and it probably is.  Still, there are interesting historical and colonial patterns that can be seen in this technological culture region map. 

Questions to Ponder: Will there one day be a single format?  When?  What are barrier to that happening?  What does this tell us about the extent of globalization?

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, July 23, 2013 4:01 PM

You can map ANYTHING!!!

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GPS Astray: Lost in Death Valley

GPS Astray: Lost in Death Valley | Geography 101 |

"Three women’s Death Valley day trip soured after their GPS led them to the edge of survival."

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Although I have grown up around technology, I've always been a little skeptical about its reliability. It is a good thing to have a GPS, but we should not rely solely upon it. Relying solely upon technolgy is not as good as it sounds. In some cases the GPS could be wrong and in instances such as these we need to be able to think for ourselves. Not having this ability is a dangerous situation. 

Sandy Montoya's comment, September 8, 2013 1:22 PM
We rely on technology so much, we have gotten to the point to where our life revolves around it. Now you have gps's on your phones. One hasn't used a map or even mapquest over a couple of years, well because we dont need to. Technology is so advanced and useful in today's society.
Mike Carney's curator insight, September 30, 2013 4:48 PM

GPS devices are very useful tools, but if you don't know how to use them properly they can be very frustrating and sometimes can get you into trouble. On the surface a GPS seems like a pretty fool-proof navigation device, but that's giving people way too much credit. A lot of (older) people can have a hard time following them. Take my mother-in-law for example, she once got lost for a half hour on the ten minute drive from my house to the highway. Somehow she missed the ONE turn and apparently didn't understand how to make a U-turn. People generally go astray if they fail to update their GPS, don't know how to configure their settings properly, or follow the GPS blindly. People often forget that they can just use the GPS as a map and figure out their own routes when the GPS is being wonky. Its also a good idea to keep real maps in your car so you don't have to rely soly on the GPS. The women from the video were dealing with a GPS that was following inaccurate and outdated information. At a time like this its a good idea to pull over and get out the map rather than drive in circles until you run out of gas.


Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:43 PM

       Is not always the best idea to only rely on you GPS when traveling, best thing to do is to get and updated maps.  Is always good to get information on where you are going, how long are you going to be there? So you can get enough supplies like food, water, clothes etc.  Also are you making other stops along the road? Let someone know where you going therefore; if something happened to you they know where to look for you, once again don’t always trust on electronic. Prepared AHEAD!!

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Agriculture: Back to the Start

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the St...


Sure this is an animated commercial for Chipotle Grill, but this perfectly encapsulates the beliefs, values and ethics that underscore the organic farming movement. 

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Justin McCullough's insight:

This video, although it is a Chipotle Grill advertisment, does make a clear point. The industrialization of agriculture has made our food unhealthy and has taken away jobs from the farmer. Although we are a highly industrialized and developed nation today, it is still necessary for our necessary food to be naturally grown on farms rather than in factories where it was not meant to be grown. 

Aurora Rider's curator insight, October 24, 2014 10:14 AM

Sure this is a Chipotle commercial but is does a good job at showing the belief that we should go back to the old way of farming. The video shows a family farm being taken over by what appears to be some big corporation. Upon being taken over, the animals are confined in small compartments and injected by what appears to be antibiotics and some other unknown substance. The factories they are sent to are polluting the place. The farmer sees all of this and decides to go back to the start.

jada_chace's curator insight, October 26, 2014 7:17 PM

In the video it shows how the world has evolved in the way that humans take action on Mother Nature’s ways. In the beginning, there was a small family farm that was growing crops and animals. Shortly after that, it showed how small family farms are being taken over by the big agribusinesses. In today’s society that tends to happen more and more, which can be both good and bad on our economy. Unless people don’t make a change about the way we treat our food, nothing in our economy is going to get better. 

Cassie Brannan's curator insight, December 9, 2014 10:21 PM

This animated film shows you what agriculture is really like. Sometimes it is difficult to be a farmer because of all of the climate changes. When the weather changes off and on, it can kill the crops, making it harder for farmers to find food. So as you can see, farmers go through a lot and it take a lot of hard work to be a successful farmer.

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Genetically Modified Foods

"93% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. Watch the new video from Food, Inc. Filmmaker Robert Kenner to hear why we have the right to know what's in our food."


Clearly this video has a political agenda, but this is a pertinent video to show in an Agriculture unit.  Many countries around the world require the labeling of genetically modified food products, while the United States (currently) does not. 


For more on the organization that sponsored this video see:


For a Health blog about how this impacts nutrition, see:


For more on political action currently underway in the United States, see:

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Looking at the issue of GMOs, I think it is important to label the foods that we are consuming. As it is stated over and over in the video, we do have a right to know. If cigarettes are labelled to be dangerous and hazardous to your health, shouldn't we do the same thing with our foods that we eat on a daily basis? I feel that the map that was given in this video was very helpful and exposing. 

Adrian Bahan (MNPS)'s curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:21 PM

Why does the United States not have laws on the books that force companies to list GMO products on labels?

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, December 4, 2013 2:51 PM

When looking at the issue of GMO there is one things that clear... people want to know what food is Genneictly Modified. While most poeple dont read every lable of every food product, it is different when decided how many claories something has versus knowing weather its been genneitcly enginegnered or not. I also think anouther factor why the US hasnt enforced the labeling of GMO is beacuse many companies may be forced out of business and could have a efffects on encomy.

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Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming?

Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming? | Geography 101 |
In Minnesota, ‘industrial’ operation shows effort to balance economic, environmental sustainability.

Via Seth Dixon
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Unfortunately in today's society, in order to participate successfully in the global economy, you have to have a big farm. Foods must be grown in a certain way in order to have the best yield and appease the consumers. The small farming approach just won't yield enough for the 7 billion people living on the planet. As bad as big farming may be, it has kept us all afloat and has even yielded surplus. In my opinion the problem is not with the big farming equation, the problem is what we do with the abundance of surplus we do away with. 

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:33 AM

The large-scale agricultural practices of modern America tend to lend to the bad image of commercial farming. However, the practices are actually helping feed more people in the US, but they also use genetically modified crops and other highly debated techniques.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 2014 11:45 AM

Yes it does because in all large scale endeavors, regardless of what for, the quality is always sacrificed for the quantity because it becomes cheaper to produce and profits are greater.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:56 PM

In the long run, a successful farmer needs to find a balance between economic and environmental sustainability.  Some big farms are working towards that so the 'big-equals-bad' narrative about agriculture may be easy, but it doesn't tell the whole story about modern agriculture. 


Tags: GMOssustainability, agriculture, agribusiness

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Salem Witch Trials Podcast

Salem Witch Trials Podcast | Geography 101 |

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The outbreak of the Salem Witch Trials really are really something that produces many questions. Perhaps the most obvious question is why did these trials happen all of a sudden? A community largely based off of agriculture produces an atmosphere of superstition. This can be seen in the events that led up to the Salem witch trials. With the land barely producing enough to sustain the town, people look for a scapegoat to blame. Neighbors turned on neighbors in order to obtain more land claiming that each other were witches. It is interesting to see that in a time of crisis one can a helping hand is not always the popular choice; as seen in the Salem Witch Trials the opposite extreme is taken place. 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:02 PM

With Halloween right around the corner, the Salem Witch trials loom large in the collective American psyche.  While many emphasize the supernatural and the scandalous, this Maps 101 podcast (based on the article written by Julie Dixon and yours truly) gives the geographic and historic context to understand the tragedy of the 1692 witch trials.

Tags: seasonal, historical, colonialism.

Mohamed Maktoub's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:20 AM

لوحة  عظيمة  مثل صاحبها 

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Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple

Mass Sacrifice Found Near Aztec Temple | Geography 101 |

Below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of bones dating to the 1480s.


In the 1970s, construction workers unearthed numerous archaeological finds as the subway was being constructed.  The Mexican government decided to clear the several block of old colonial buildings to reveal the Templo Mayor, the ancient Aztec religious center.  Not coincidentally, the Spaniards built their religious center in the same place.  During the colonial era, the indigenous residents who spoke Spanish in Mexico City still referred to this portion of the city as la pirámide.  Today more finds such as this one are continuing to help us piece together the past of this immensely rich, multi-layered place filled with symbolic value. 


Tags: Mexico, LatinAmerica, historical, images, National Geographic, colonialism, place and culture.

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Justin McCullough's insight:

I think it's always awesome when something like this is discovered about the ancient Aztecs or Mayans. It portrays to us a picture of a complex society and culture much like the European society during that time. Their cities were massive, with a population of over 100,000 at one time (greater than the city of London or any other European city). I especially liked the picture of the artists recreation of the Aztec city. It's no wonder why the Spaniards were in awe when they came upon the city of the Aztecs. It was interesting to look at the religious sacrifcing aspect of the society. It was this aspect that the Spaniards and other colonizers used to justify their killing of them. Pagan sacrifices were seen as most unholy and barbaric. However, it is forgotten that the Spanish were doing the same thing during the Spanish Inquisition. So, perhaps the only thing that separated these two societies was techonolgy rather than cultures.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 26, 2014 10:00 PM

While the Aztec' civilization has been gone for a very long time, there are still traces of it resurfacing today. With the uncovering of the bones, it shows that the Aztec temple was very much in the heart of Mexico City has still has more secrets to uncover

Bob Beaven's curator insight, February 5, 2015 2:39 PM

This article shows just how varied the cultural landscape of Mexico is.  Unlike the Native populations in the US, the Aztecs had a large, flourishing civilization that was described by the first conquistadors "to match the glory of any major city in Europe."  When the Spanish eventually conquered the Aztec Civilization, they built right on top of the ruins of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.  The way that Mexico City is layered right on top of the old Aztec city, means that many human remains and ancient buildings are buried right below the modern city.  This is what makes Mexico City different than any city in the United States or Canada, the cities in these two countries were not built over massive cities that pre-dated them.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, February 11, 2015 10:07 PM

This seems to be quite a large sacrifice that was discovered. And while it may be just that, it seems more like a mass execution, possibly performed by the Spanish when they battled with the Aztecs and put at the foot near the Aztec temple to send a message that their God could not save them.  If it is a sacrifice, its a pretty large one.

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Racist Costumes?

Racist Costumes? | Geography 101 |

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I've never celebrated Halloween mainly because I feel like it's open season for offensive things like this to occur. Although some of them may be a little funny, I can see how these costumes can be offensive to certain cultures. However, what i find really offensive is that people actually try to defend their blatantly racist costumes. Yet, for many Halloween is a cultural norm and any perceived attack on a cultural/social norm will be strongly defended even if that practice is openly/purposefully offending another group of certain people.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:14 PM

Halloween is an intriguing cultural festival that reveals much about society.  For many, it is a time to push the boundaries of what is acceptable social behavior and subvert cultural norms.  I think this set of images reveals that cultural senstivity can be low as many are hoping to push the envelope.   

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Moorish Architecture

Moorish Architecture | Geography 101 |
Moorish architecture, like all Islamic architecture, has distinctive motifs: rounded arches, Arabic calligraphy, vegetative design, and decorative tiles.

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It is interesting to find Muslim (Moorish) Architecture in places such as Spain. It's easy to forget that that country was taken over and occupied by the Moors for centuries. I find their architectural design much more sophisticated and intricate than that of the European architectural designs at the time. It's interesting to note that we often associate the center of innovations of all kinds as Europe, when actually places like the Middle East and Far East were more advanced than European cultures were at the time.  

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 19, 2013 2:27 PM

This photo gallery with its explanations are a nice virtual tour.  Although this style was born in the Mediterranean areas of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, it has spread throughout the Muslim World and the images reflect this geographic dispersal.   

Elizabeth Acty's comment, September 20, 2013 3:55 AM
so nice
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Regional slang words

Regional slang words | Geography 101 |

How many of these 107 regional slang words do you use?  This week on Mental Floss' YouTube information session, author and vlogger John Green explains 107 slang words specific to certain regions.

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This is an interesting video explaining words heard in different parts of the country. The video displays not only the cultural diversity of America but also how difficult it is to learn the English language. Although I was born and raised in Rhode Island most of the terms I am familiar with are the ones from the south (my dad's from Texas/California) and Massachusetts (my mom's from Fall River Mass). However, I have always used bubbler, but dandle board....really?

Anyways this video is pretty entertaining and informing. 

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, January 30, 2015 11:10 AM

This was a neat video.  Many of the slang words that I knew about were touched upon, but many were very new to me.  I never knew the "bubbler" originated in Wisconsin.  I thought that was purely a R.I. thing.  Watching the video made me think of how different regions were originally settled by different ethnicity groups between the early 1600's and 1800's, which almost surely led to these slangs, in my opinion.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, February 4, 2015 6:55 PM

This was a great video describing what people call different items all over the world.  Just in Rhode Island alone, people from different parts of the state refer to items in different ways.  I think it could have been better if he stuck to the United States only.  Its crazy how different people experience things so close in proximity to each other.  It also would have been great to show how different regions in the U.S. say certain words.  He probably could have made a 30 minute video on that alone and it would have been hilarious.

James Piccolino's curator insight, January 31, 6:41 PM
The link to this doesn't work, but I managed to search it out.Some of these terms are really out there. I thought I knew a lot of these but I was mistaken. One thing I am not surprised by is the fact that I do not follow all of the Rhode Island/ New England lines. I seem to not have an accent like many have here, apparently I can add vocabulary to that list. I actually say many of the terms that go with other areas of the US.
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While technology does has its pros it also comes with its cons. GPS batteries can die; the map on the screen may be unreadable due to size, the GPS itself could break if not handled properly. When it comes to maps, it is durable and legible in any position. However, I can not read a map while driving my car to a certain place. It is rather difficult to find a place when i'm in unfamiliar territory. In this case the GPS is able to direct me to where i need to be. If handled properly, the GPS is, at least in my opinion, better than the map. However, it is nice to keep and extra map in the glove compartment, just in case. 

Chrisange 's comment, June 30, 2013 9:40 AM
A ver tambien... para los que hablan or entienden el espanol ("n" con la tilde) !!
Luis Aguilar Cruz's curator insight, July 2, 2013 2:50 AM

Bienvenue à l'expérience map

ethne staniland's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:57 PM

very good

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Produce Calendars: Understanding Agriculture

Produce Calendars: Understanding Agriculture | Geography 101 |

These three charts (Fruit, Vegetable and Herbs) are an excellent reasource for teaching about agriculture and food systems.  Many cultural festivals and  traditions revolve around the seasonal availability of crops and many modern eating trends often call for a return eating foods within their season.    

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I feel that when you do consume foods within their season of growth it tastes better. I like to believe that because they are in season, it is cheaper to buy them because they are in abundance but it don't think that is the case. Although there is the push to try to eat the foods within their seasons, it is probably not likely to happen since we live in a global economy, that urges food to be made regardless of what season they are best grown in. 

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Changes in Mortality: 1900 vs 2010

Changes in Mortality: 1900 vs 2010 | Geography 101 |
How we die (in one chart)...


This infographic shows the main causes of death in 1900 in the United States and compares that with the 2010 figures.  The United States, during that time underwent what many call the epidemiological transition (in essence, in developed societies we now die for different reason and generally live longer) What are the geographic factors that influence these shifts in the mortality rates?  What is better about society?  Has anything worsened?  How come?  

Justin McCullough's insight:

The thing that is positive about this infograph on how we die, is that our mortality rate has indeed gone down a whole lot since 1900. As the article states, we have become more aware of the bacteria taht surrounds us and have learned to be more clean because of it. This has surely cut down the rate in which people die by infectious diseases. However, it is interesting to see that heart diseases remains in one of the top ways that we die, even to this day. Accident deaths have also significantly dropped, probably due to the safety measures taken in the workplaces, or the technological advances that have made fighting wars, less deadly than during the 1900s. 

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Our Best Educational Technologies Are Just Spiffy Email

Our Best Educational Technologies Are Just Spiffy Email | Geography 101 |
MOOCs are new, but they don't represent a significant break with the educational software we have had for years.

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I am not in full agreement with using a lot of technology in the educational sphere. There are important things that can be used, such as emailing, using powerpoints (limited), and other presentation aspects. Personally I feel that a student gets more out of a lecture if they sit, listen to a lecture and take their own notes, (if there are any questions/discrepencies they can always ask the teacher/professor). This type of habit of taking notes from a lecture, rather than mindlessly copying down words from a powerpoint/presentation, develops a certain character in that student. Forcing yourself to pay attention, even if you have a hard time, develops a better character in a person. In an age where too much technology opens the way for being easily distracted, there is a need for a little conservativism in the classroom.  

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:22 PM

This article with a jarring title is a thoughful discussion of our educational technologies.  We shouldn't think of them as something  that is experimental, but a part of our emerging technological cultural milieu.  As stated here, "we have had educational software for nearly as long as we have had any software at all."  The functionalities continue to expand, but that is the nature of technology.

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Rising Seas: If All The Ice Melted

Rising Seas: If All The Ice Melted | Geography 101 |
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.

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This is interesting in that it doesn't show the world as devestating as I had originally thought it would be. Although, this is in itself devestating, probably resulting in the deaths of millions, it is not as bad as what the media portrays it to be. There still would be land, in fact there still would be lots of land, and the water levels would rise to about 216 feet. However, this would more than likely eliminate much of the animal life in the sea as the the sea level rises as well as the average temperature from 58 degrees (farenheit) to 80 degrees. If all the ife were to melt, it would indeed, be devestating to human, animal, and plant life on both the land and the sea/ocean. Yet it would not be as devestating as the media or Hollywood would have us believe. 

Brian Hammerstix's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:29 PM

#stopburningfossilfuels or #goodbyeflorida

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:15 PM

Aside from the mass devastation i think it would be pretty cool of all the ice melted. As the interactive map shows there would be in inland sea in australia which i can turn into the AUs great lakes. Also imagine the possiblility of being able to take a vacation to antartica and not having to dress for absurdly negative tempatures, all the undiscovered land and preservated fossils. It would be a interestling link to the past that only in the future we could experience.

Mrs. Karnowski's curator insight, August 27, 2014 7:20 AM

Would Belgium be covered in water if all the ice melted?

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Hispanic Population in the USA

Hispanic Population in the USA | Geography 101 |
This data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau shows distribution of Hispanic or Latino population by specific origin.

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Both of these maps represent a Hispanic settlement pattern. However, one represents the Mexican settlement pattern while the other represents the Puerto Rican settlement pattern. Between the two there are some differences in where each ethnic group settles when migrating to the US. The Mexican settlement pattern is much more dispersed than the Puerto Ricans. However, there are large Mexican settlements located throughout California (the largest being in the SoCal region). There seem to be mostly settled in the big city areas, which include states such as Texas, Arizona, and even as far east as the Great Lakes region. 

The Puerto Ricans, however, seem more inclined to coastal areas of the US. The large cluster of Puerto Ricans settling on the New England Coast seems to represent this idea, as well as the large cluseter in Florida. 

Miguel Alfaro's curator insight, October 9, 2014 8:51 PM

Informacion de Latinos en los Estados Unidos.

Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, October 21, 2014 6:48 PM

Very interesting to see how both major countries like Mexico Puerto Rico differ throughout the United States. I'm actually not surprised of the static itself since it would make sense where they would go once in the United States. As Mexico being the closest to the United States its obvious how they would just go to California then scatter through the rest of the United States. As for Puerto Rican's I really didn't know where the majority of them would be in the United States. But very cool to see!

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:50 PM

Density, distribution, and scale - Density of a country or place, and distribution of where these clusters occur, has to do with migration, cities, and available work. For Mexican's in the United States, distribution is mostly along the border, coasts, or low paid work opportunities. 

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What's in a Name?

What's in a Name? | Geography 101 |

The Pentagon has upset patriots by labeling the body of water between Korea and Japan in an exhibition depicting various battles fought during the 1950-53 Korean War as "Sea of Japan" rather than "East Sea."

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I agree with Peter Kim and others that are fighting to have the name changed to the East Sea. The term "Sea of Japan" was used in colonial times of South Korea. Now that those times are long gone, it I can understand why South Korea would want to get rid of anything related to that time period. This actually reminds of something that I'm going over in my colonial history class; the Pueblo Revolt (1680). During this time Indians revolted against the Spanish colonizers oppressing them and taking away their traditions, forcibly converting them to Christianity. During their revolt the Indians destroyed many of the Spanish institutions, especially those related to religion. They destroyed churches and even defaced the statues of the saints, and returned to their traditional practices.

This article also reminded of Sri Lanka changing the its colonial name on Government institutions from Ceylon to Sri Lanka. This happened not to long ago. The Island's colonial name (Ceylon) was dropped when they became their own country in 1972. However, the name Ceylon remained on many of the Government institutions (e.g. Bank of Ceylon or Ceylon Fisheries Corporation). However, in 2010 the name was dropped for good.  

Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:14 AM

Earlier this week I posted on whether a group of islands off the coast of Argentina should be called the Falkland Islands or Las Malvinas.  There is some geopolitical significance to which name you ascribe to particular places.  Does it matter if I call the sea to the east of the Korean Peninsula the "East Sea" and if someone else refers to this same body of water west of Japan the "Sea of Japan?"  For many years the Sea of Japan has been the defacto name internationally and South Korean officials have lobbied (quite successfully) to bolster the legitimacy of the name within the media, publishers and cartographers and other governments.  Last summer, a worker in the South Korean government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested that I share some resources that state South Korea's position(see also this 10 minute video), showing their commitment to this rebranding effort.  Also see this GeoCurrents article on the subject in 2012, after South Korea's failed attempt to get international recognition.

Questions to Ponder: What other places have multiple names?  What are the political overtones to the name distinctions? What are other tricky places on the map where distinct groups would label/draw things differently?  Is the map an 'unbiased' source of information? 

Tags: language, toponyms, South Korea, historical, colonialism, cartography.

James Hobson's curator insight, November 21, 2014 9:55 PM

(East Asia topic 10 [an independent topic])

{And finally a topic outside of China...}

Just as mentioned in a Scoop from a previous topic section, names can be viewed as more than a word which identifies a place. The context of a name can run very deep and be highly contentious. In this case "Sea of Japan" and "East Sea" are contenders for the official name of the body of water between Japan, Korea, and Russia. Sea of Japan is an older term with more of a history, which especially invokes mentioning of the Korean War. East Sea is a post-war term hopes to remove national tension form its name.

   Should officials really 'rename the wheel', or can the original name be accepted just because of its location and historical use? Or perhaps neither of these options, or even a national-level split as is currently the case?

   Personally, I see it as the difference between Aquidneck Island and Rhode Island (the actual island, of course), or even relatable to French fries vs. freedom fries. Physical things don't change just because their names do. In my view, perhaps everybody should just choose whichever they are more familiar with and comfortable using, while taking into consideration and expressing that their reference of a location is not meant to imply any political views.

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Why Study History? - American Historical Association

Why study History? What inspires YOU?
#RHULHistory #startofterm
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When asked why I study history and why is it even important in today's society I've always fallen short of a clear answer. However, this article has made a clear cut arguement as to why the study of history is important. Quoting directly from the article the author states that "Historians do not perform heart transplants, improve highway design, or arrest criminals." Yet, the study of the past does has its benefits. The two reasons that I most readily agree with are that: (1) History helps us understand people and societes and (2) History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be. If we can understand people, societies, and the aspects of change we can be a more tolerant people.

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Before and after: Tornado cuts devastating path through Oklahoma

Before and after: Tornado cuts devastating path through Oklahoma | Geography 101 |
Explore the Bing map, or Google map of Moore, Okla. More on the Oklahoma tornado:

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The before and after images in this picture are insane. Living on the east coast it's hard to picture losing your home (your whole life) in a matter of mere seconds or minutes. It is really sad to see pictures such as these, and even more devastating to see the families affected by this with looks of disbelief. However, what is encouraging to see from tragedies such as these, is the community helping each other regardless of whatever background a person may have. Unfortunately it is moments like these that force people to help others without the thought of asking or seeking some sort of favor in return.  

oyndrila's curator insight, May 26, 2013 11:58 AM

Images showing the devastation by the tornado.

Courtney Burns's curator insight, September 18, 2013 11:29 AM

Seeing the damage done to all of these homes and communities is devastating. You see all the destruction in different areas on TV, but looking at it from a maps perspective is so much different. Seeing how it was and then looking at it after is unreal. The damage that is done to so much land is saddening. Then to look at the map of all the tornadoes since 1950 was eye opening. I never realized that there was so many tornadoes that occurred throughout the U.S since 1950. It was also shocking to see that there had been a huge tornado in the Boston area that took peoples lives. Usually when I think about tornadoes I don't think about them in Boston, Connecticut, or New York. 

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:37 PM

I look at these pictures and I can't help but feel bad for the people that were apart of this tornado. In minutes your whole life can change. The picture of the corner house there before the tornado and afterwards nothing, your whole life changed. I couldn't imagine the heartbreak these families went through, loosing everything. 

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Perceptions of Historians

Perceptions of Historians | Geography 101 |

Via Seth Dixon
Justin McCullough's insight:

As a history major, when i first saw this, immediately I couldn't help but cringe a little when I saw that the first search item (Historians are dangerous people). True, historians are past caring, writers, and to an extent, I guess, are prophets in reverse. However, I later recalled reading a 1932 article written by, historian, Carl Becker. Titled "Everyman His Own Historian," Becker discusses that the job or work of a historian is as simple as any eveyday job or occurence of the common man (of the 1930s that is). Using the illustration of Mr. Everyman who, after some research, realizes that he has to pay a coal bill. While paying the bill, he realizes that, after a bit of research by the coal company, he does not owe this particular company money. Rather the company states that he owes the money to another company. This company gladly confirms the findings of the former one. The bill is paid, and Mr. Everyman's and the company's research has left him satisfied. 

What I am trying to say is that, this simple illustration of an everyday event, of a common person, is relatable to the work of a historian. Although, historians, may seem dangerous, scholarly writers who are overcaring about the past, or even prophets in reverse, Their work is as simple as research of the past and observation of present events in comparison to events of the past. 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:13 PM

When you type type "historians are" into Google, these are the auto-completions searches that it will suggest.  At first it might be easy to dismiss this list as meaningless; this list though, is generated by ideas on the internet and reflects some ideas that exist about historians.  Why do these ideas exist?  How could we change the perpective of history as as discipline?