Manifest Destiny

The Story of The US Told In 141 Maps

The Project

Wikipedia provides its users with high-quality content for many topics. Yet most of the Wikipedia pages consist of static text and images.

This project is an attempt to show that the same content can alternatively be presented and explored in an interactive and more engaging way.

All content for this visualization is taken verbatim from the original Wikipedia page Territorial evolution of the United States.

The Author

I'm Michael Porath, Data Visualization Consultant and Bay Area based Swiss Information Scientist. I'm passionate about Data Visualization of all sorts and help clients realize their own visualization projects.

Get in touch? Follow me on Twitter (@poezn) or shoot me an email.


This project builds on the amazing work that went into creating the original raster maps by Wikipedia User golbez.

Furthermore, this project was made possible by many contributors to Open Source projects like D3.js, QGIS, and many others.

Background Patterns by Subtle Patterns.

Map Assets

All map assets are available for download under the same license terms as this visualization. Download the GIS shape files and GeoJSON exports directly from the Github page


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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