The Gambia: A Cartographic Space

The re-telling of Roots on the History Channel this summer reminds us to read more of Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize winning book from 1976, and beckons us to visualize West Africa’s place in history. Our current online exhibit allows multiple pan and zoom views involving 30 of the rarest maps from 1500-1900 depicting the original Gambia River in the early Mandinka land over a period of 400 years.

Congratulations on the Opening of David Rumsey Map Center/Exhibit

On Tuesday, April 19th, from 6-7 pm, the David Rumsey Map Center and the Exhibit “A Universe of Maps,” will be opening to the public at the Stanford University Libraries: Afriterra congratulates the community in the San Francisco area and in particular the community of Stanford University for the achievement and wish them best of luck for all the work… Read more »

Can Afriterra holdings contribute to the visualization of Ebola virus?

I heard the news of a woman that died on 31 March 2016 by the virus Ebola in Liberia. This news, sent out on April 1, 2016, brings a renewed concern about outbreaks in the countries of West Africa. Liberia was declared “free” of the terrible Ebola virus since January 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO). I’m very sorry… Read more »

Regna Congo et Angola

Afriterra Map Featured by The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently featured one of our maps in an article on their website, titled “The Path They Trod: An Avenue of Mango Trees on the Loango Coast.”

What can old maps from Afriterra teach us today?

About ten days ago, I was in Europe, and news from all over Africa were coming to me. Africa is a continent in rapid transition with a fantastic legacy for all human kind, and the environment. In this period, the price of an oil barrel is below 28 USD and many African country-economies, depending on oil revenues, are suffering. What… Read more »

Prospect of the Coast from El Mina to Mowri, 1745 by Thomas Astley