Done for a school project in U.S. History (8th grade).
The theme was "Origins of the United States of America", and we had to pick a topic that in some way tied in with the formation of the United States. I chose the European renaissance. Then this appeared.
Sorry about the quality. My computer "crashed" shortly before I was due to present, and a few of my files could not be recovered. Unfortunately, the .fla of this animation was one of these files.
Without the .fla, my ability to optimize/compress the animation was limited, and after several failed attempts, I resorted to embedding it as a video.
The version above is a less compressed embedded video of this animation.