Interactive Maps for Forgotten Peace: Reform, Violence, and the Making of Contemporary Colombia

Forgotten Peace follows Colombian political leaders, intellectuals, and rural peoples over the course of a decade as they interacted across different scales and spaces on the question of violence. Spatial history fundamentally informed my approach to the book; compiling data on violence and displacement allowed me to identify key patterns, locations, and actors, many of which figure centrally in the narrative. In order to better convey these patterns, and to link to primary sources on the events, I have created interactive digital versions of two of Forgotten Peace's nine maps. With the help of programming assistants, I have created several versions of these maps, out of a conviction that different stories may be better told through a variety of interfaces. Please share your impressions and ideas for how we can further improve these maps and strengthen the practice of spatial history in Latin American historiography.

Map 6: Monthly homicides attributed to partisan violence, Tolima, 1958 (p. 73 in the print edition).

Map 9: Roadway attacks, 1962 (p. 156 in the print edition). The most immersive version exists as an Esri Story Map, but there also a basic version with a timeline slider (built using D3), as well as a less dynamic version that includes terrain data (built using Mapbox).