My presentation is on the spatial relationships of Baltimore's early c19 merchants. Here's an image (from space!) that shows the point of origin for ships that entered Baltimore's ports from March - May 1792.
|Points of Origin for Baltimore Entrances, 1792|
This representation, and others, will help me discuss the trade networks Baltimore's merchants relied on to conduct business. What sorts of questions do you think I can ask and (hopefully) answer with data that looks like this? How is this more or less helpful than a simple list of ports? What does it mean to the historian, or humanist more generally, that he or she can generate a representation like this in only a few hours?
I look forward to responding to your comments and feedback here and at the upcoming conference. Can't wait to be back in Providence!