Zimbabwe Lives On

November 2017 brings another chapter in the long legacy of Zimbabwe.  Suddenly the military took control of the nation but said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, was safe. From the myths of Prester-John to the realization of The Great Zimbabwe civilization, the land has endured a colonial claim, a false name, and a corrupted independent reign. To understand… Read more »


Niger Was Always There

The recent attention given to American activities in the North African country of Niger has prompted us to highlight the land, the people, and the importance of this remote desert region.


Contribution to Smithsonian Institution’s NMAAHC

Afriterra is pleased to be a contributor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We have provided digital images of some of our maps for use in the museum’s exhibitions, scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in 2016. We’re excited about this opportunity to be part of such an important institution and the potential for further involvement and collaboration.


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 »