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Visualising the great age of sail

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford

European explorers of the 18th Century have a lot left to answer for, but tracing their journeys sure is purdy. This collection of visualisations (including an animated video) plots the routes of 300 000 voyages around the world over 100 years. The visualisations aren’t just about global trade routes, they include maps of wildlife sightings and weather observations recorded in log books. Unexpected insights – there’s a whole bunch of data missing from the early 1800s thanks to a fire in the Royal Navy’s archive.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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