The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands – Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba – became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Egypt attempted to colonize the region of southern Sudan by establishing the province of Equatoria in the 1870s. Islamic Mahdist revolutionaries overran the region in 1885, but in 1898 a British force was able to overthrow the Mahdist regime. An Anglo-Egyptian Sudan was established the following year with Equatoria being the southernmost of its eight provinces. The isolated region was largely left to itself over the following decades, but Christian missionaries converted much of the population and facilitated the spread of English. When Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the political system. When the Arab Khartoum government reneged on its promises, a mutiny began that led to two prolonged periods of conflict (1955-1972 and 1983-2005) in which perhaps 2.5 million people died – mostly civilians – due to starvation and drought. Ongoing peace talks finally resulted in a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in January 2005. As part of this agreement the south was granted a six-year period of autonomy to be followed by a referendum on final status. The result of this referendum, held in January 2011, was a vote of 98% in favor of secession. Independence was attained on 9 July 2011. Since independence South Sudan has struggled with good governance and nation building and has attempted to control rebel militia groups operating in its territory. Economic conditions have deteriorated since January 2012 when the government decided to shut down oil production following bilateral disagreements with Sudan.
Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World
Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of countries in relation to one another. In fact, many passionate cartographers take pride in creating maps that present relevant knowledge through a visual medium.
Whether they’re on topics concerning population density, educational level, or even a gauge of internet usage across the world, each serves a purpose of sharing data to enlighten minds. Most people aren’t constantly traveling and immersing themselves into the practices of multiple nations, so a statistically informed map can help us all learn more about how we compare to the people of a country on the opposite end of Earth.
An ever-growing collection of informative maps are available through ChartsBin, Target Map, and the MapPorn subreddit. There’s also a wonderfully curated list over on Twisted Sifter. Here’s our roundup of the top 25 informative maps that you’ll never forget.
I have posted about Simon and Lisa before but here is a great interview Touratech did as they are in the USA now….this couple from the UK are amazing and probably been on the road the longest out of anyone on two wheels…read their story…inspiring!
Simon: I learned to ride in the town of Taunton back in the UK with a friend who owned a motorcycling school. I looked at a bunch of different bikes but the R1100GS just looked so formidable. It looked different to anything else out there and of course it’s a BMW. So my first bike was a BMW R1100GS in fact a little known truth…the only bikes I’ve ever owned are the R1100GS’s. People think I’m joking when I tell them that although I’ve now been riding for over 15-years. When we left on this journey I had only two days of off-road riding experience and little to no real mechanical experience. Isn’t ignorance bliss?! Continue reading “ADV Interview: Simon and Lisa Thomas”
It was politely brought to my attention that my post on March 19th 2013 with the picture of Murphy’s Motorcycle Laws might have offended some folks! Specifically #3. I apologize for my lack of sensitivity and over sight. Although I will keep the post up just know there is nothing malicious behind me for posting these “Laws” because that is not what we are about. Thanks for understanding and also for bringing any concerns to our attention.
A bird’s eye view of the world. If bird’s were tourists…with cameras…and little fanny packs.Yann Arthus Bertrand is famous in the photography world for his stunning aerial photography and it’s easy to see why. posted about a year ago
El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba – one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world – dominated the country’s political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in 2002-03 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO’s death in 2009, new elections in brought Ali Ben BONGO, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon’s small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more prosperous and stable African countries. Continue reading “#190 Country to Visit Our BLOG! Welcome GABON!”