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Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.


The purpose of this project was to develop a spatial lens through which to see the historical interaction between 14th century traveler Abu Abdallah Muhammad Ibn Battuta and the bubonic plague. The secondary purpose for this project is to show how Geographic Information Systems can greatly contribute in the archiving and retrieval of historical data and the study of history overall. The primary objective was to develop an editable database that would contain spatial and historical information about Ibn Battuta and the bubonic plague. The secondary objective of this project was to upload the database on to ArcGIS Pro and develop a geodatabase that included all the data collected. The final objective of this project was to develop a time-slider enabled map from the geodatabase that would show Ibn Battuta’s travels and the bubonic plague’s advancement over time with an emphasis on any interaction they may have had. The results focus on Ibn Battuta’s arrival to the Middle East and his encounter with the bubonic plague in modern day Syria. This was shown by combining the spatial data found on both actors, Ibn Battuta and the bubonic plague, and having both sets of data interact with one another via the time-slider enabled map.

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