Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tracking Spanish Exiles on Google Maps

TopobioGraphies

TopobioGraphies is a a new collaborative Google Maps mashup about Catalan's exiled from Spain after the Spanish Civil War. The site, created by the Universitat de Oberta de Catalunya, is mapping the stories of individuals and the literary stories relating to Catalans exiled in 1939. The map hopes to engender a better understanding of the men and women who were unfortunate enough to have to flee their homeland seventy years ago.

It is possible to search the map by country, or by the latest or most popular life stories. Each individual's biography is given their own map page that shows the exile's journey after leaving Spain. Numbered map markers, when clicked, provide short explanations of each stage of the exile's life journey.

If you have a story about someone who was forced into exile after the Civil War it is also possible to create a mapped biography for them on TopobioGraphies.

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