Find my recent post on mapping in the early boundary disputes between Connecticut and New York here. Its Gotham: A Blog For Scholars of New York City History.
Every time Columbus Day arrives or I find myself driving along the Christopher Columbus Highway in Connecticut (I-91), I think about how the deification of Columbus not only hides the basic violence of colonialism and exploration broadly, but the specific violence that took place in New England. The focus on Columbus allows New Englanders, including […]
Recently, while looking through records on Connecticut’s boundary disputes in the 1670s, I found an odd reference to a murder. While the record does not connect the murder to the decades long strife between the two colonies, its placement suggests that Connecticut officials saw a connection. My research has revealed fighting, arrests, brawls, and vandalism […]
When I mention to my colleagues that much of my summer has been spent looking at colonial land records, I generally receive sympathetic looks. While I usually don’t deny it, and even play up their mundanity, the truth is that buried within these endless documents are stories both fascinating and illuminating. In my time scouring […]
Recently, while browsing Lincoln Mullen’s website for advice on certain mapping software, I came across the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. This resource is fantastic! Not only does it contain detailed files with the county and state borders from the early colonial period to 2010, but it also has incredible documentation on where it found […]
If you head over to the Humanities Institute’s Digital Humanities and Media Studies page, you can find my blog post A Crash Course on Digital Mapping for the Moderately Technologically Savvy. The covers what mapping website or program might be best for your needs, and provides brief introductions to Carto, Google Maps, Neatline, and QGIS. […]
The most recent mapping software I experimented with was Google Fusion Tables. While still an experimental project, Fusion Tables is meant to make visualization of tables easy. In fact, if you have columns titled “latitude” and “longitude,” it will automatically provide you with a map. Even if you don’t have those columns, it will try […]