Category: geography

This map was made in 1943, by the American Geographical Society. See it full size here. Pretty neat, right?

From the first cities around 3700 BCE up until 2000 CE.

When women got the vote, around the world.

New Zealand was first, and Saudi Arabia was most recent – although women still do not have full voting rights there, as they may only vote or run for office in municipal elections not national elections.

When women got the vote, around the world.

New Zealand was first, and Saudi Arabia was most recent – although women still do not have full voting rights there, as they may only vote or run for office in municipal elections not national elections.

Here is a map of average region yam production today. Can you guess the three places where yams were first domesticated?

Answer: South America, West Africa, and Papua New Guinea!

A month ago (or so) I posted a couple paragraphs on the Dutch city of Rotterdam’s history. It was titled “The Creation of Rotterdam.” Imagine my surprise when I came across this map, showing the physical expansion of Rotterdam’s port. It was truly created, that is to say, built by men.

What are the “seven seas” that Medieval writers loved to mention?

  1. the Adriatic Sea
  2. the Mediterranean Sea – which includes seas around and in the Mediterranean, like the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea
  3. the Black Sea
  4. the Caspian Sea
  5. the Persian Gulf
  6. the Arabian Sea – which is today considered part of the Indian Ocean
  7. the Red Sea – including closed Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee