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The Decline Of Empires (VIDEO)

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This video presents a neat visualization of the evolution of four maritime empires (British, French, Spanish and Portuguese) year-by-year over the course of the last two centuries. As these empires eventually decline, bits of the circles break off to represent the countries that gained independence from the various imperiums. Needless to say, by the end of the video the circles have all but disappeared. (h/t Kottke.)

Visualizing empires decline from Pedro M Cruz on Vimeo.