Monday, April 29, 2019

Colonialism as Mitosis

Single-cell organisms grow, engulf other cells, split, decline, and die. So do empires. Pedro M. Cruz and Penousal Machado created a visualization that illustrates the historical timeline of the British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese empires as cells undergoing mitosis. You can see how this idea of independent countries really caught on over time. (via Everlasting Blort)

1 comment:

Mike McGrinder said...

There used to be a phrase, "The Sun never sets on the British Empire"
and for a long time it was true.