Published 04 December 2017 Category: Business Insight, Compass Leisure

A Fascinating Example Of Data Visualisation

John B. Spark's Histomap, originally published by Rand McNally in 1931 and preserved today by the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, is a five-foot long map documenting the history of seven different civilizations. In addition, here's a very brief history of data visualisation and what it means for businesses.

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Though it is inaccurate in retrospect, the map illustrates what Sparks believed were crucial historical events of the Aegean, Egyptian, Hittites, Amorites, Iranians, Indians, Huns, and Chinese civilizations from 2000 B.C. through 1900 A.D. 

It originally sold for only $1 and stands today as a fascinating example of one man's goal to record thousands of years of history.