The World and the Covenanters: Calling the South Pole

Filling in the map of hits on your blog is a bit like stamp collecting, but it also shows patterns of interest, language use and censorship…

Covenanters World 2014

This blog is dedicated to the history of the Scottish Covenanters, which is quite an obscure interest in the global scheme of things unless you like dark deeds on Scottish moors. So where in the world are people interested in the history of them? In my first look at where hits on this blog come from in 2012, I noted that around ninety per cent of the hits on this blog come from the Scotland and the British Isles, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

That still holds true. So does the fact that Greenland remains a blank. The mystery of Svalbard’s failure to appear is that it is not in use as a top level domain name.

The map above shows where all of the hits on this site have come from.

Has there been any progress?

In Europe, Andorra, Aland Islands, Liechtenstein, the Faroe Islands and the Vatican City are the last hold outs.

In North America, Cuba still has no hits, as does the French territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

The map of Central America has finally been filled, but out in the Caribbean many islands without a colonial link to Britain do not appear. Anguilla, Aruba, Curaçao, Saint Lucia, Martinique, Montserrat, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the United States Virgin Islands are all on zero.

In South America, Guyana (3 hits) and Uruguay (2 hits) have appeared, leaving only Suriname and French Guiana (Guyane française) to go.

In Asia, the ‘Great Firewall’ of China continues to operate, except for in Hong Kong (51 hits) and Macao (2 hits). And censorship remains a problem elsewhere. Iran, most of the Central Asian ‘Stans, North Korea. Laos and Burma all continue with zero hits. Bhutan, probably for other reasons, is also on zero. However, Yemen (1 hit) Afghanistan (1 hit) and Kazakhstan (4 hits), finally make it into the Covenanters’ World.

A small amount of progress has occurred in Francophone Africa. However, they are still proving very resistant to the Covenanters.

In East Africa there has been remarkable progress with a whole swathe of countries appearing for the first time, probably due to increasing internet access.

Some remote islands and outposts also hold out.

Out across the Pacific, Fiji (5 hits) and Vanuatu (1 hit) feature, but other island groups have so far shown little interest in tales of rainy moors in Scotland. They are American Samoa, Cocos (Keeling Island), the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, the British Indian Ocean Territory, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Nauru, Niue, French Polynesia (Polynésie française), Pitcairn Islands, Palau (Pelew), the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga and Wallis and Futuna.

The last of the pink bits of the British Empire are perhaps a surprising omission. Neither Ascension Island, Saint Helena, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, nor Antarctica feature. (The latter is not on the map.) Other Atlantic islands and territories, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe and the Terres australes et antarctiques françaises are less of a surprise on language grounds.

In the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island, Comoros, Madagascar, Réunion, the Seychelles and Mayotte draw a blank.

Where does the person with the most unlikely interest in the history of the Covenanters live? Let us all know by leaving a comment below.

Good night and good luck,
Mark

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~ by drmarkjardine on June 26, 2014.

3 Responses to “The World and the Covenanters: Calling the South Pole”

  1. I’m from Southern Illinois in America and blessed to see the stories of the Covenanters reaching the world. This is one of my favorite blogs!

  2. No love for the Covenanters from the Vatican City? I don’t think that should be a big surprise!

  3. […] You can see my previous looks at the where the hits have not come from, here for 2012 and here for 2014. […]

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