Tag Archives: Colonialism

1825: Vale of Honey

The most contentious aspect of [the mid-19th-century British project to survey Ireland, 1825–46] is the way in which place names were anglicized, replaced by English alternatives or simply mis-recorded….Irish names were altered…mostly through the processes of “dictation” in which a … Continue reading

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2014: A Moroccan Man (1913)

Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop stages his self-portraits as historical photographs—complete with “original” dates. The photo above, for example, is titled A Moroccan man (1913); the one to the left is Dom Nicolau (Circa. 1830–1860). Both are from his 2014 … Continue reading

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1819: Kahikona arrives in Hawai’i

Beginning in the early part of the last millennium, Polynesians explored 16 million square miles of ocean by canoe, navigating by the stars, sun, clouds, ocean swells, and currents; they settled on every habitable island in the Pacific and likely … Continue reading

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16th Century: Manhattan Before New York

By the time Europeans appeared on the scene, a mere five hundred years ago, what is now New York City had as many as fifteen thousand inhabitants—estimates vary widely—with perhaps another thirty to fifty thousand in the adjacent parts of … Continue reading

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1957: The Mayflower Arrives in New York City

In 1957, a replica of the Mayflower—the Mayflower II—was built in England based on reconstructed blueprints of the ship from an American museum. It set sail for the United States on April 20, 1957 and arrived in New York City … Continue reading

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