Painted map of Minnesota
States that have had Jewish Governors
This is where I found the list. The list excludes Marvin Mandel of Maryland. Don’t think I missed anyone else. There was a case to include George Allen, but I didn’t think that made much sense. His case is basically the same as John Kerry’s.
Where-to-be-born Index, 2013
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s where-to-be-born index (previously called the quality-of-life index) attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead. It is based on a method that links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of quality of life across countries along with a forward-looking element.
Ukraine, voting correlations
The electoral division in Ukraine is very well-publicized, with countless maps all over Western media cropping up, showing the diagonal line that splits the country roughly north-south.
Tl;dr: The forests, home to Slavic peoples for millennia, were the cradle of a Ukrainian culture. The Turkic-inhabited steppes were conquered by Russia and were settled by peoples culturally closer to Russia, solidifying in the early 1800s.
A methodological note regarding the language map (since this is very contentious):
Many people are used to seeing this map, which shows Ukrainians’ “native language”. However, this does not show what language is used throughout daily life. With the help of Twitter and Vkontakte (Ukraine’s most popular social network), we can see something a little closer to the true language divide.
1913 proposal for a US national highway network
The National Highways Association (NHA) was established in 1911 to promote the development of an improved national road network in the United States. Under the slogan “Good roads for everyone!” the NHA advocated the building and permanent maintenance by the federal government of a system of 50,000 miles (some 80,500 kilometers) of highways. This system was to be composed of six main national highways, 13 trunk national highways, and 40 link highways. The link highways, the NHA explained, would connect “the Mains and Trunks” and reach out “in all directions until the country as a whole is covered with almost a spider-web tracery of highways.” This map issued by the NHA in 1913 shows the proposed system, with colors used to denote the different categories of highways. Besides issuing brochures and circulars aimed at convincing citizens of the need for a national road system, the NHA was a prolific producer of maps. Cartographic work was done at an office in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, where approximately 40 people were employed on the property of Charles Henry Davis (1865–1951), president and cofounder of the NHA. Davis believed that these maps would be helpful to a national highways commission that he hoped would be established and that they would assist the states in integrating their roads into a national system. Congress never embraced the plan put forward by the NHA, but the organization and its maps helped to promote the cause of a national road network.
Death Penalty in the US
Resident American citizens by country of birth
Map of Germany from the Diercke Schulatlas Ed. 62 by George Westermann published in 1925
The red line indicates the former border of the German Empire.
Westermann is still publishing the Diercke Atlas today… but it’s a little bit more modern and comes with an electronic version.
Map of New Amsterdam
France’s North American territories
Projection of world Muslim population in 2030
Data taken from the research by the US-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Full article on the Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/jan/28/muslim-population-country-projection-2030
Created with http://mapchart.net .
Projection of Muslim population in 2030 by percentage (%) : http://i.imgur.com/AS7hn8M.png
Communes of Denmark. The red border signifies regions.