The end of colonialism visualized

 

 

 

 

 

colonialism

Zack Beauchamp recently published an incredible gif on Vox.  It shows which areas of the world were colonized (and by whom) from 1492 until 2008.  You can literally see colonialism take shape and then disappear.

Even though I know that most African countries became independent around 1960, it is still amazing and heartening to see how dramatically Africa is transformed between 1959 and 1974.