A study of nearly 500 maps spanning 900 years, this research follows the evolution of the representation of West Africa’s Lake Debo. Despite the existence of many different styles of representing Lake Debo and the Niger delta, the study links them all to the same physical location and shows the relationships between the varying representations.
The paper was published in Imago Mundi, the International Journal for the History of Cartography, in February 2006 (Volume 58, Number 1) under the title “The Patterns and Meaning of a Great Lake in West Africa.”
This research has also been presented by Afriterra Executive Director Gerald Rizzo at the following conferences:
- November, 2006 – African Studies Association
2006 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
- August, 2003 – International Cartographic Association
Symposium on the History of Cartography in Africa, Cape Town, South Africa.
(presented as “Lake Debo: A Beacon Through the Ages“)
- June, 2003 – International Conference on the History of Cartography
You can view the presentation here, including many photos of the maps used in the study.