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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.


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 »


Maps on Exhibit during Geography Awareness Week

Afriterra presents an historical map exhibit sponsored by The United Nations International Map Year. Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 15-21, 2015, 11am—7pm Afriterra Library, 400 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA The Afriterra Library embraces its non-profit mission to gather and preserve the cartographic record of Africa, enabling a broader interpretation of the land, culture, and history of the great continent. This current… Read more »