The lion (Panthera leo), once widely distributed across most of Africa and parts of Europe and Asia, is now confined to a number of isolated areas as shown on the map, amounting to only about 20% of its historic range.
The map above shows the outcome of a federal plebiscite on the prohibition of alcohol that was held in Canada on September 29, 1898.
It was the first national referendum in the history of the country. It followed agitation over many decades by the temperance movement, which had succeeded introducing prohibition at the local (county) level in some areas, but wanted it extended nationally.
Poland has not been one of Europe’s luckiest countries.
It’s gone from being the largest country in Europe to being wiped off the map, not once but several times.
The map below traces the history of Poland’s borders from 1635 right through to the present day.
The map above shows how the Soviet Union thought World War 3 might play out in Europe.
The red mushroom clouds represent planned nuclear strikes on cities and targets in central Europe and the blue mushroom clouds represent the anticipated NATO response.
The map above presents a very short history of colonialism around the world from 1492-2008 in one simple GIF. Interestingly, it doesn’t limit itself to European colonialism but also includes the colonial empires of the United States, Russia/Soviet Union and Japan.
The map above shows East Asia (aka The Far East) in 1932. It’s interesting both because of what is and what is not included.