Manchester has taken over the world! Well maybe not the whole world but there are 36 Manchester's around the globe and each of the squares in this design is a graphical representation of one off those Manchester’s. The Manchester we know and love is depicted on a map of the British Isles with decreasing circles centred on the city.
Why are there 36 Manchesters?
No-one seems to have the definitive answer... yet.The best explanation so far takes us back to the start of the American Civil War in 1861. At this point in history 98% of all the finished cotton produced world-wide came from Manchester, UK and 9 out every 10 people living in the city worked in the cotton (or related) industries. Despite the fact that the lifeblood of the city depended almost entirely on the cotton industry, the working people of Manchester came together at the Free Trade Hall on 31st December 1862 to express their support for Abraham Lincoln and the Northern States in their fight to abolish slavery.By supporting the Union under President Lincoln at a time when there was an economic blockade of the Southern States, the Lancashire cotton workers were denied access to raw cotton - the lifeblood of the region - which caused considerable unemployment and severe hardship throughout the cotton industry. The dates which mark the American Civil War (1861-1865) also became known as the time of the Lancashire Cotton Famine.
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