The Invasion of America

21 Jan

Only because it’s so much more gripping to actually see it like this…  What I found most shocking and didn’t know was how much of the West was initially set apart as Indian lands — most of Montana, most of Oklahoma, large parts of the three West coast states — and were then taken away anyway.

I have a ton of old nineteenth-century ethnographic maps of the Balkans and Anatolia, partly because I love to look at the physical, concrete portrayal — even if it’s just in shapes and colors — of us living together.

It would be fantastic if someone could produce a time-line series of maps, like this one of Native Americans, of the Christian exodus from Anatolia — 11th or 20th century — or the progressive ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the Black Sea and the Balkans over some two-hundred-plus years.






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