American Panorama is a series of interactive maps that let’s you explore American history.

a wealth of uses for this American Panorama is a series of interactive maps that lets you explore American history.

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In an age when mass migration has grown to epic proportions, the ability to see what is happening is highly valuable for everyone from individuals, to municipalities, to Government.

All the data is there and the opportunities to learn from the past are huge. Whether it is understanding the ethnic shifts in your part of the world, tracing back your family history, or more practical things like planning where you want to live and work, there are a wealth of uses for technology like this. Most if it just comes down to someone using pretty much off the shelf geospatial visualization tools and big data containing place names or coordinates.

What doesn’t seem to happen enough yet is making that data available to the untrained public in a user friendly way. The intelligence that can come out of historical data is immense.

If your origins are from another part of the world (something that is fact for every person in New Zealand and most in the North America), being able to follow a trail on a map should become a standard  genealogy tool and would make fascinating viewing of how people looked for a better way of life and how that may have started in Italy or Germany or Great Britain, moved from one country to the next, through a country, then into cities, then into parts of the city until in some cases assimilation and in others, ethnic enclaves.

We can learn a lot from history and in my opinion we can all learn from the perspective that most of us are at least descended from migrants. My blue eyes didn’t originate in Holland where I was born. They are probably the result of Scandinavians who invaded parts of Europe in waves over a number of centuries along with many other ethnicities to the point that they seeded new genetic mixes throughout Europe, just as a future generation of Europeans and Brits  did in shifting their homes to the Americas and the South Pacific in later years.

Migration is as much part of our culture as it was for the hunter gatherers of our prehistoric ancestors. It’s just that now we can cross the world in 24 hours.

A picture speaks a thousand words and tools like these today could help us all understand a little more about how we came to be in the places we currently inhabit. Some of the stories that we can glean from these tools could help us understand how to make the most of some of the changes happening today. There might be other answers besides building walls and perhaps a reminder that the ethnic purity that many people try to protect is a myth. We are a rich amalgam of origins and DNA, which was probably one of the key things that has stopped our generation of humans from wiping themselves out.

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About Luigi Cappel

Writer for hire, marketing consultant specialising in Location Based Services. Futurist and Public Speaker Auckland, New Zealand
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