Visualizing North American Territorial Claims

Published December 5, 2012
Updated September 1, 2017

Territorial Claims In North America GIF

Following North America’s discovery in 1492, four European nations laid claim to various parts of the continent: Great Britain, France and Spain competed for modern-day Canada, America, and Mexico, while Russia claimed the Pacific Northwest. Out of this development, 3 new nations were born over the course 5 centuries, which the animated GIF above explores. Interestingly enough, the modern borders of North America were only finalized in 1949, when the Dominion of Newfoundland was transferred as a British colony to control of Canada.

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