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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 »


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.


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 »


Afriterra Enters the Blogosphere

The Afriterra staff are proud to join the community of bloggers who contribute to the global conversation about history, heritage, art, and other topics related to our mission. We will use this blog platform to communicate our plans and activities, publish our research, and share our thoughts on noteworthy events and announcements from the world of cartography. Most of all,… Read more »