Mapping the People of Early America
Between 1500 and 1790, North America underwent a demographic revolution. Epidemic disease, dispossession, in-migration, and fertility rates combined to remake the continent. In the eighteenth century alone, the colonial population soared from 250,000 to over 5.3 million, while the Indian population declined from 1.4 million to 1.0 million. Native peoples had become a minority in their own land. The MAP Project seeks to depict this dramatic demographic shift for the first time.