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Happy New Year, 2019

Happy New Year!

Let's make it a good one.

Slave Trade Data & Graphics

Slave Trade Animation Screenshot

For an excellent visualization of the sheer size and scope of the trade of slaves in colonial and post-colonial times, take a look at this article from Slate, and the simulation that is embedded in it. When you run the simulation, you can see the dramatic increase of exports and imports of human lives as the colonies expand, and as laws are passed to ban slave transport or import as the 1800s progress.

The data original come from SlaveVoyages.org, which is a tremendous resource for research. Consider using it if you are going to consult statistics for any of your research work in my class (or any other class where this might come up). 

The Spread of Islam in Africa

Screenshot of Time Maps.

In AP World, we had some trouble this week understanding the geographic organization of the African kingdoms and the influence of Islam. Take a look at the Time Maps: Map of Africa at 1215 for some context. You can back it up to 900 as well for comparison, and if you go forward on that timeline to the 1450s, you can see how the Islamic entities broke down in Northwest Africa and expanded in the East.

These maps are a great resource for a number of our units and chapters; if you're having trouble contextualizing and remembering locations for things, take a look there.

Turning in an Assignment on Google Classroom

Many of you have an assignment that's due for me tonight on Google Classroom. In case you're having trouble, these are the instructions (found in Google's help page on how to submit an assignment) for turning in your work:

If there’s a document with your name attached to the assignment

If your teacher attached a document with your name in the title, it’s your personal copy to review and edit. As you work on it, your teacher can review your progress before you click Turn in.

  1. Click the thumbnail to open and review the document.
  2. (Optional) Enter your information.
  3. Click Turn In.

When you turn in the assignment, your teacher will see the document labeled with your name.

Ensure that you do this before 11:59pm tonight if you don't want it marked late!