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If you walk down the streets in the United States, the odds are that one in every four people you’ll see is an immigrant, or was born to immigrant parents.
While those odds might seem high, the truth is nearly everyone in the U.S. hails from someplace else if you look far back enough.
Today - Visualization - Professors - Pedro - M
Today’s intriguing visualization was created by professors Pedro M. Cruz and John Wihbey from Northeastern University, and it depicts U.S. immigration from 1830 until 2015, as rings in a growing tree trunk.
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Researchers - US - Census - Data - Estimate
The researchers turned registered U.S. Census data into an estimate for the total number of immigrants arriving each decade, and then the yearly figures in the visualization. One caveat is that it does not account for the populations of slaves, or indigenous communities.
The pattern of U.S. immigration can be explained in four major waves overall:
Origins - US - Populations - Era - Era
The origins of U.S. immigrant populations transform from era to era. Which events influenced each wave?
Cheap farmland and the promise of economic growth in the first Industrial Revolution spurred large-scale immigration from Britain, Germany, and other parts of Central Europe.
Irish - Potato - Famine - Immigrants - Ireland
The Irish Potato Famine from 1845 to 1849 drove many immigrants from Ireland over to the U.S.
The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe ended the Mexican-American war,...
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