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The shapefiles for the map located here:
take some time to load. Any ideas on how to speed this up?
It could be greatly speeded up by reducing the size of the map through simplification, using MapShaper. The steps are described here: http://www.statsilk.com/maps/useful-free-gis-shapefile-map-tools. Often you can reduce the size by around 90% without very noticeable loss of detail.
The mapshaper tool worked great!! Thanks.