Map 297 shows what exists as South Africa today during an early period of war. I do not know much about the various conflicts in the region but you can read about them here.
It is very interesting to see the troop movement lines and where each side, the British and the Boers, won battles. The Boers were former employees of the Dutch East India Company that had settled on the frontiers of the Dutch Cape Colony. When employees went to retire they could apply for the right to settle in one of the company’s colonies and they would be given a parcel of land to settle/farm, loans, and freedom from taxes for twelve years. Some of those colonists/former employees didn’t exactly agree with the many restrictions imposed on them by the colonial government, however. Much like Americans prior to the American Revolution these colonists fought to improve their standing. The colonists also faced off against local tribes over farmland and race relations.
There were several conflicts/wars during the period pictured on the map and you can see the dates that each area was absorbed into the British colony leading up to the Union of South Africa in 1910. I do not glamorize wars but I do like a good map. Learning about history through maps is a worthwhile use of time. I wouldn’t have spent half an hour reading about the Boer Wars today if I hadn’t found this map on Pinterest.
Map 298 features Current Vegetation of Michigan. Now, the tiny text at the bottom of the map says 1991 so it’s no longer current but it’s still a fun map! There are five different colors representing different types of vegetation. The green areas are predominantly coniferous trees like pines, firs, and spruces. The yellow areas are predominantly deciduous trees with maples, ashes, oaks, elms, and birches. The brown sections say ‘disturbed by logging or fire’. Presumably these places were heavily stripped of their previous forests and have since been filled with new aspens and paper birch trees. The white stretches consist of farmland, wetlands, and ‘other’ (lands not covered in forest). The black sections mark major urban areas, which have certainly increased in size since 1991.
What do you think of today’s maps? Let me know in the comments below. If you have any suggestions for future maps please send them to me in a private message or if we know each other in real life send me a note on social media or something.
Until next time,
Bonus Map Link: Another Cool African History Map
Bonus Bonus Map Link: Star Trek Maps
Bonus Non-Map Link: Illustrated Periodic Table