Africa Interactive Maps
- Sells "...educational CD-ROM software, designed to enhance the learning
and teaching of basic information on Africa." "...contains more
than 700 maps, photos, data tables, and study question pages." Created by W. Bediako Lamousé-Smith (Dept. of Africana Studies) & Joseph
School (Dept. of Geography & Environmental Systems) Univ. of Maryland.
- Africa Map - Harvard University
- "AfricaMap is based on the Harvard University Geospatial Infrastructure (HUG) platform, and was developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis to make spatial data on Africa easier for researchers to discover and explore." It will "Accumulate both contemporary and historical data supplied by researchers and make it permanently accessible online." Uses map layers. http://africamap.harvard.edu/
- Africa Map Puzzle - From SchoolNet Namibia
- Levels of difficulty from easiest to hardest. "SchoolNet Namibia was a
nonprofit provider of internet service, hardware and training to the nation's
- "a proprietary product, developed by MapAvenue LLC, to deliver digital maps of cities and towns in Sub-Saharan Africa." Map of Accra, Ghana. http://africaonmap.com/
- African Geographical Review
- Published by the Africa Specialty Group within the Association of American Geographers.
Formerly the East African Geographical Review founded in 1963 at Makerere University. Has the table of contents. Includes a tribute to co-founder the late Prof. Bryan W. Langlands and his contributions to Ugandan geography. (12 p. in PDF). http://www.macalester.edu/geography/agr/
- Online maps from the 15th century to 1982. Zoom in on maps to see details. Includes slave factories c. 1750. Has Rizzo's slides from a presentation - Lake Debo: A Beacon Through The Ages
A study of nearly 500 maps following the evolution of the representation of West Africa's Lake Debo.
The Afriterra physical library includes rare maps and books. Maintained by Gerald J. Rizzo, St. Petersburg, Florida. [KF] http://www.afriterra.org/
- American Museum of Natural History.
Congo Expedition, May 1909-November 1915 [Maps]
- "In 1909,...Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian
Congo....By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they
had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens..."
and Lang's itinerary
a central African
map with layers. Select which features will appear on the map: lakes,
cities, roads, railroads, forest, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, etc.,
a map of Chapin and Lang's travels
reflecting the "development of European knowledge of African geography
from 1562 through 1940." Reproduced with permission of the New York
Public Library and the British Library.
a bibliographic essay on sources by Paula Willey, specially prepared
on Congo Conservation (314 citations), Description & Travel (1218
citations), Maps & Atlases (220 citations). [KF]
- Animated Atlas of African History
- Interactive atlas depicting changes from 1879 - 2002 in territorial names, conflicts, colonization and decolonization, post-colonial political developments, economic and demographic changes. Use through the web or download to your computer. Initiated by Professor Nancy Jacobs, Brown University. http://www.brown.edu/Research/AAAH/
- Art and Life in Africa
- University of Iowa
- This site introduces a related CD-ROM project and serves as an online
searchable catalog of the Univ. of Iowa's Stanley Collection of African
Art. The Countries
Database has individual country maps showing some ethnic groups
and a continent country-boundaries map. There is a Peoples
Database. The Project is directed by Professor of Art, Christopher Roy.
Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
- Compiled by Jerome Handler (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) and
Michael Tuite (Digital Medial Laboratory, University of Virginia). Over
1,000 images of pre-colonial
Africa (ex. Queen Nzinga, King of Benin,
King of the Kongo, European trading posts) and the slave trade
in Africa and the Americas. Includes many historical maps. Includes George Murdock's ethnic map but the names are very tiny. Some images are in color; all have descriptive
information and sources. [KF] http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/
- Atlas of Natural
and Agronomic Resources of Niger and Benin (University of Hohenheim)
- In English and French. "Adapted Farming in West Africa." Summarizes
spatial data related to sustainable land use planning." Maps of Political
borders, Population, Topography, Climate: Precipitation, Soils, Vegetation,
Urbanisation. Has a brief history of Niger, Benin language map. ArcView
files. Users have "free access to all basic data underlying the maps."
Editors are K. Stahr, K. Vennemann, L. Herrmann, M. Von Oppen. The program
is funded by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (German Research
Foundation) and the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. [KF] http://www.uni-hohenheim.de/~atlas308/
- Atlas on Regional Integration in West Africa
- From the OECD, ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC). Maps, charts, graphs on: transport, telecommunications, the ecologically vulnerable zone of Sahelian countries, cotton, migration, transboundary river basins, language map, Africa-China, oil and gas. Maps can be saved and printed.
Includes - telephone / mobile subscribers, GSM coverage; migration inside and outside Africa.
- Austen, Ralph A. - Mapping Africa: Problems of Regional Definition and Colonial/National Boundaries
- "maps can help us understand three major issues in the history of Africa: first, the physical and ecological factors which define this continent both internally and in relationship to the outside world; secondly, indigenous representations of space in the precolonial era, which provide a basis for putting more recent Western cartography into perspective; and, finally, colonial boundaries, which represent both European interventions in Africa and the continuing cartography of postcolonial development." Austen is Professor Emeritus of African History, Universitiy of Chicago. http://fathom.lib.uchicago.edu/1/777777122619/
- BBC -
"Africa's Oldest Map Unveiled"
- "The oldest map of the African continent, [the Da Ming Hun Yi Tu]
,dating back to 1389, has gone on display in Cape Town. It is part of an
exhibition drawing attention to the history of South Africa and the way
it is perceived around the world. The Chinese map, covering more than 17
square metres, was produced in silk." November 12, 2002 BBC report.
[See the Parliamentary Millennium Project
for a similar map.] According to a message from Helene Baumann posted to
H-Africa, Nov. 13, 2002, the map is the first map in the 3 vol. atlas:
Title: Zhongguo gu dai di tu ji / Cao Wanru... [et al.] bian = An Atlas
ancient maps in China / edited by Cao Wanru ... [et al.]
Imprint: [Beijing] : Wen wu chu ban she : Xin hua shu dian jing shou, 1990-1997.
Physical Description: 3 v. : maps (some col.) ; 36 cm.
Notes: Chinese and English; essays in Chinese with English summaries.
Contents notes:  Zhan guo--Yuan. --  Ming dai. --  Qing dai.
Subject (LC): Cartography--China--History.
The atlas includes a 5 page essay on the map. [KF] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2446907.stm
- Bibliotheque nationale de France - Gallica - Maps
- In French. Can use the advanced search and limit by maps (cartes). http://gallica.bnf.fr/
- Boston University. African
Studies Center. Outreach Program
- Sells a "How Big is Africa " map
comparing the country sizes of Africa, China, Europe, the United States.
There is a curriculum
guide with the map. http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/
- Boston University. Library. African Map Collection
- The Library has over 1500 African maps focusing on the continent of Africa and its countries. Inventory of maps by date, country, title. http://www.bu.edu/library/asl/maps/index.html
- Botswana. Department
- Everything about Botswana for the traveler. Tourism statistics, embassies
& consulates, a wide selection of maps,
eco-tourism / community based tourism, a brief history, reading list,
etc. Large selection of computer desktop wallpapers. [KF] http://www.botswana-tourism.gov.bw/
- Campbell, Tony - The Map History
Site / History of Cartography
- Everything about early maps. Topics include Conferences
& Talks, Discussion lists, Exhibitions, Fellowships & Prizes, Globes,
Image sites, Links & Gateways, Map collecting, Map collections, Map
societies, Marketplace, News (sources), Researchers, Thefts. Journals, articles,
lists, Images of early
maps on the web .Has a Search engine for the site. Maintained by Tony
Campbell, Map Librarian (retired), British Library, London. [KF] http://www.maphistory.info/
of Online Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps
- Has links to vegetation/forest maps of Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Central
African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon,
Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania,
Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the Indian Ocean. Compiled by Claire Englander of
the Univ. of California-Berkeley, University & Jepson Herbaria/SMASCH
Project, and Philip Hoehn from the Stanford University Branner Earth Sciences
Library and Map Collections. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/vegmaps.html
- ComputaMaps (Cape Town)
- Sells detailed digital maps and gazetteers of South Africa and Africa.
Data is supplied in MapInfo Tables and ArcView Shapefiles. Its Africa Gazetteer
(at $490) comes in MapInfo or ArcView GIS formats or as an Access database.
- [Congo, Democratic Republic] United
Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUC
- In English and French. Main MONUC site. Chronology of
events from 1997 to date. Has a GIS Unit, Geographic Information
Systems Unit, Office of Gender Affairs, Civilian Police
Component, various maps (city maps, DRC climate, hydrography,
Ituri tribes, Congo villages, Rwanda, Uganda, etc), military contributions
by country, etc. Based in Kinshasa. [KF] http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/monusco/
- Council for Geoscience
(Pretoria, South Africa)
- "an organization established by Act of Parliament with a responsibilty
to acquire and store geoscience information on South Africa..."
"the legal successor of the Geological Survey of South Africa."
Has downloadable maps, geological data (shape files, layers) free geological-related software, the table of contents of the now ceased Palæontological
Memoirs, a searchable, etc. Promotes Manifold software for 3D data analysis,
the Manifold System Release software to create maps using GIS. Other free
software: SADC Bibliographic database, SADC Map database. [KF] http://www.geoscience.org.za
- Council on Foreign Relations - Horn of Africa Interactive Map
- Interactive map (showing transnational issues, armed forces, Somalia instability. The CFR is a think tank in New York city and Washington D.C. http://www.cfr.org/human-rights/interactive-map-horn-africa/p13389
- Custom Maps
University Earth Science / Geology Libraries
If you are a student or faculty member, the librarians at university geology
libraries can often help you create a custom map using GIS (Geographic Information
Systems) software called ArcView.
For those using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Freehand,
who wish to customize their own maps, a few sources are below.
- Digital Vector Maps
Royalty free vector maps for sale in Adobe Illustrator and PDF format. African continent maps ($30-$130) Site of Chris Chubb (cartographer) and Rich Gilmour (web developer). Based in San Diego, California. http://digital-vector-maps.com
Digital Wisdom. Mountain High Maps
Sells EPS, tiff African maps for use in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator,
Macromedia FreeHand and PhotoStyler, CorelDraw and PhotoPaint, Micrografx
Picture Publisher. Also has flags.
Based in Tappahannock, Virginia. http://www.digiwis.com/
Royalty free maps. Create custom maps or buy clipart maps. Maps in gif,
jpeg, Adobe Illustrator formats. Sells African regional maps ($20 + ). Purchase individual
maps. From Cartesia Software, Lambertville NJ. http://www.mapresources.com/
- Digital Vector Maps
- Royalty free vector maps for sale in Adobe Illustrator and PDF format. African continent maps ($30-$130) Site of Chris Chubb (cartographer) and Rich Gilmour (web developer). Based in San Diego, California. http://digital-vector-maps.com
- Digital Wisdom. Antique Maps of
- Sells on cd-rom royalty-free historical maps. Mainly for artists wanting
maps for art projects. Each cd-rom is over $200. Based in Tappahannock,
- Digital Wisdom. Mountain High Maps
- Sells EPS, tiff African maps for use in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator,
Macromedia FreeHand and PhotoStyler, CorelDraw and PhotoPaint, Micrografx
Picture Publisher. For editable maps. Also has flags.
Based in Tappahannock, Virginia. http://www.digiwis.com/
- Cataloging information on maps held by "National Library of Portugal (BNP), the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), the National Library of Italy in Florence (BNCF), and the National Library of Estonia (NLE)" There are some African maps on-line. [KF] http://portal.digmap.eu/
- East View Cartographic
- Sells Russian
military topographic maps of Africa and of African countries, nautical
charts (Indian Ocean), geological maps, national and colonial topographic
maps, GIS services, geospatial data. "Can produce a database of geographical name mapping. Each individual name will have an accurate coordinate location as well as all native and variant names with detailed source information." Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. http://www.cartographic.com/
Examples: maps of Mozambique ports, sells maps from the Institut Geographique National de Belgique et Service de Cartographie du Rwanda, Geological Survey of Zambia, etc.
- Encyclopedia Britannica - Maps
- Political and physical country maps. Access requires a subscription. Many
universities subscribe; check your library's web site. [Stanford users - use Searchworks on the library web site.] http://www.eb.com/
- United Nations Development Program. Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia (Addis
- Administrative and thematic maps of Ethiopia. From the UNDP Addis Ababa
office, hosted at the UPenn African Web site. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/eue_web/menu4596.htm
- Ethnologue -
- From the publication, Ethnologue: Languages of the World,
13th ed. (Dallas, Tx.: Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1996), edited by
Barbara F. Grimes. Has a languages
of Africa map, language
maps for each country. http://www.sil.org/ethnologue/ethnologue.html
- European Commission. European Digital Archive of Soil Maps of the World
- On-line collection of soil maps from Africa (over 2000 maps), Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe (EuDASM). "Maps are presented full-scale, with thumbnail pictures and metadata for easy navigation. From the EU Joint Research Centre and ISRIC - World Soil Information. http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/esdb_archive/eudasm/EUDASM.htm
- Sells maps for climbers
(Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, Rwenzori, Mt. Elgon). Offers climbing tours.
Based in the U.K. http://www.ewpnet.com/aboutEWP.htm
Africa An Exhibit of Maps and Travel Narratives from Leo Africanus to Chinua
- Curated by Patrick Scott, Associate University Librarian for Special
Collections. From the University of South Carolina Library, Dept. of Rare
Books & Special Collections.
- Florida Geographic
- "The Florida Geographic Alliance is a professional organization affiliated
with the National Geographic Society...and housed at the Florida State University
within the Institute of Science and Public Affairs. It is comprised of Primary,
Secondary, Community College, and University Geography Educators,..."
Has in Adobe pdf format - African
Continent with names, same map without
geography, Timbuktu with Mansa
Musa's route, Nigeria
agricultural products, and other maps. http://fga.freac.fsu.edu/
- Flowing Data - The True Size of Africa
- Map of Africa illustrating how the U.S., China, European countries combined fit inside the continent. Flowing Data "explores how designers, statisticians, and computer scientists are using data to understand ourselves better — mainly through data visualization." http://flowingdata.com/2010/10/18/true-size-of-africa/
- Food and Agriculture Orgaization
of the U.N. - Africover
- "The purpose of the Africover Project is to establish a digital georeferenced
database on land cover and a geographic referential for the whole of Africa
including: geodetical homogeneous referential, toponomy,roads, hydrography."
Maps show forest, agriculture, rangeland, landcover, landform. Create custom
maps for Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda.
Download the public domain geographic layers you need (requires free registration).
"public domain data has been organized in data warehouses to allow
you to perform powerful and easy GIS operations." [KF] http://www.africover.org/
- France. Bibliotheque
nationale. Voyages en Afrique - Maps
- In French. "900 volumes de textes, 30 titres de revues, 80 cartes
venant des collections imprimées de la BnF, 20 heures d'enregistrements
sonores des fonds du Musée de la parole et du geste et 6500 photographies
issues des fonds de la Société de géographie."
Access documents by type (books, journals, maps, photographs), geographic
area, era. Part of the French national library's Gallica site. http://gallica.bnf.fr/dossiers/html/dossiers/VoyagesEnAfrique/
Maps of peoples and kingdoms, colonial history, physical map, antique
maps, nautical maps
A Bibliography and a Chronology
- "GeoNames geographical database covers all countries and contains over eight million placenames that are available for download free of charge." Provides name in several languages, latitutde, longitude, location on Google maps. Over 600 features codes. Links to Wikipedia. [KF] http://www.geonames.org/
Country features - largest cities, administrative divisions, highest mountains, postal codes.
- Purchase royalty-free maps and flags of the world ($380). Can be
custom made in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, but only the EPS format maps
can be used on the web. Offers a free Southern Africa vector map in Adobe
Illustrator 4 format. From Graphi-Ogre (Hendaye, France). http://www.geoatlas.com/
- Geology.com - Africa Maps
- Satellite maps and political maps of selected African countries, meteor craters in Africa such as the Bosumtwi crater in Ghana which is " is almost completely filled by Lake Bosumtwi", map of the Sahara Desert. Maintained by Dr. Hobart King, Department of Geography & Geology, Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania. http://geology.com/world/#Africa
Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- Put in the name of a place and the database provides country, longitude,
latitude. From the Getty Information Institute, Los Angeles, California.
- Global Forest Watch
- "an international data and mapping network..." http://www.globalforestwatch.org/
Full text reports include: An Analysis of Access to Central Africa's
Rainforests (26 pages - pdf), An Overview of Logging in Cameroon (72 pages),
A First Look at Logging in Gabon (56 pages), Monitoring
for Impact - Lessons on Natural Resources Monitoring from 13 NGOs (2
vols., has case studies from Cameroon, Nigeria, Angola).
Create interactive maps for Cameroon and Gabon (showing
logging concessions, protected areas); also has an African continent interactive
forest map. Provides downloadable data (over 35 gigabytes of map data);
one must register first. [KF]
- Global Mapping International
- "a Christian inter-denominational missionary research agency. Our
highest priority is serving evangelical mission ministry leaders in the
developing world." Sells an Overhead
Transparency Map Set, ($39.95) leader's guide, cd-rom digital map set.
Other maps for purchase cover Muslim
populations by country, African Muslims and Christians, Sunni and Shia
Muslims, etc. Provides "custom mapping services for churches, Christian
educational institutions, mission agencies, and individual missionaries."
"The Global Ministry Mapping System is available only to qualified
Christian non-profit ministries." http://www.gmi.org/
- In Norwegian. Generate custom maps (African continent) and country
rankings. Maps can be selected and copied into other programs (Word, Photoshop, etc.) For each country has
a static map and statistics on the economy, education,
environment, energy consumption, gender equality, health, human development,
population, technology, water. Compare a
country's statistics with the rest of the world. The African continent
map only provides selected country names. Site aimed at secondary schools,
high schools and colleges. Based on UN statistics, esp. the Human Development
Report. Produced by the Norwegian UN Association, several U.N. bodies, etc. [KF] http://globalis.no/
- Global Gazetteer
- "directory of 2,880,532 of the world's cities and towns, sorted by country and linked to a map for each town." For each town gives longitude, latitude, and altitude. Can create a simple topographic map showing the town. Maintained by Carl Rosenberg of Palo Alto, California. http://www.fallingrain.com/world/
- Google Earth
- Combines satellite imagery & maps. Need to download the software which is free for personal use. Fly from city to city. See the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, planes' eye views of Kinshasa, Dar es Salaam, Luanda, etc. Click on the Borders check box to see country borders. Very useful for seeing the location of lakes, bays in relation to cities, etc. The Keyhold Community site has an Education discussion area for teachers and students using the maps. [KF] http://earth.google.com/
Africa Megaflyover is a 2004 account by Michael Fay of the conservation impact of human activity on various parts of Africa. You need to download the Google Earth software to your computer to see the linked accounts. http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/megaflyover/index.html
The Jane Goodall Institute: Gombe Chimpanzee - "Follow the life of chimpanzees and conservation efforts in Gombe National Park, Tanzania." You need to have Google Earth on your computer.
- Google Maps
- Coverage of African cities, geographic features is increasing. See article, "Massive Africa Update on Google Maps" May 21, 2009 on the White African blog. http://maps.google.com/
- GSM World - Cell Phone Coverage Maps
- The GSM Association is responsible
for the development, deployment and evolution of the GSM cell phone standard,
the standard used in Africa. Has a directory
of GSM operators worldwide, with clickable maps showing GSM
coverage in Africa (select Coverage). Based in Dublin, Ireland
and London, UK. http://www.gsmworld.com/
- The Guardian - Separatist Map of Africa
- The U.K. newspaper has a map showing separatist movements in Africa. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/sep/06/africa-map-separatist-movements-interactive
Global disease alert map
- Click on the triangles on the map of Africa to find information on recent health issues in the country. Created by two staff members at the Children's Hospital Informatics Program, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology. http://www.healthmap.org/
- Hemispheres, Antique Maps and Prints
(Stoddard, New Hampshire)
- "specializing in fine original antiquarian maps from the 16th
through 19th centuries. Our inventory is strongest in maps of Africa."
Includes images and detailed descriptions, a bibliography
and links to cartography sites. Owners: Richard and Penelope Betz.
- Histoire de l'Afrique
- In French. Site created by historians from West African universities. Contents
annuaire des historiens [with current research, publications, activities),
news (conferences, publications,
etc.), chronologies for
West Africa and each of the countries covered: Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger,
maps from the book,
Afrique Noire. Histoire et civilisations, edited
(Paris, Hatier, 2004 - right click and open separately for a larger
map) and a bibliography on
West African history. [KF] http://www.histoire-afrique.org/
- Histoire de la colonisation
belge du Congo - Map
- In French. Includes interviews with Adam
Hochschild and Jules
(Congo in 1900, Katanga,
the districts), photographs, a bibliography, links to related sites, etc.
Maintained by Patrick Cloos, based in Montreal. http://www.cobelco.org/
- "maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning
the past, present and future of historic cities..." African cities
include Ghana's Elmina, Kenya's Mombasa, Mozambique's Sofala, Tazania's
Kilwa, plus Asilah, Azemmour, Casablanca, Safi, Salé, Tanger
in Morocco, Mahdia and Tunis in Tunisia and Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt.
of Mapmakers with links to images of the cities, bibliographies. "a
joint project of the Historic Cities Center, Department of Geography, Hebrew
University of Jerusalem and the Jewish National and University
Library." Has links to related map sites. [KF] http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/historic_cities.html
- Historical Atlas
of the Twentieth Century
- from Matthew White
- Has a map of Africa
in the early 1900s showing colonial possessions, a map
of the Maji Maji rebellion 1905-1906, boundaries of the former Biafra
Africa 1968-1975, the Chad
civil war mid to late 1980s, Sudan
civil war 1983. M. White is a librarian, see his FAQ.
The Systems of Government maps are not quite accurate. http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/20centry.htm
Maps of Africa - Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, Univ. of Texas
- The Univ. of Texas has historical African maps online. Some are very large;
best to access only on a fast connection. They also have links to historical
map sites some having maps of Africa.
African maps: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/historical/history_africa.html
- History of Cartography (Chicago : University of
Chicago Press, 1987-)
- Volume 2, Book 3: Cartography in the Traditional African, American,
Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, edited by David Woodward
and G. Malcolm Lewis, covers traditional mapping practices of societies
in Africa, the Americas, the Arctic, Australia, and the Pacific
Islands. Web site has the Introduction
to the book which notes "For example, Thomas Bassett describes how
memory boards known as lukasa, covered with beads and cowrie shells, are
used to teach initiates about the origins of Luba kingship in the Kabongo
region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lukasa is read or sung
to remember the journeys of a king, the location of sacred lakes, trees,
spirit capitals, and migration routes." http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/907287.html
- Houghton Mifflin - Education
Place Outline Maps
- Has a Continent
Outline Map and a Political
and Sahara Desert Map (3 5/8 x 4 3/8 in.) html http://www.eduplace.com/ss/ssmaps/
- Indiana University
(Bloomington). Geography - Map Library - Maps of Africa: A Guide to Uncataloged
- Provides citations to over 1300 maps "produced by governments
and agencies of Europe, Africa and North America, searchable by country,
region and keyword." Includes Nigerian town maps, early 1900s maps.
- Institut de recherche
pour le développement. Laboratoire de cartographie appliquée
- In French. Publishes printed maps, atlases, cdroms. On-line maps can be
downloaded. Maps include Togo
land degradation, linguistic and other maps of Province
in the European Union,
African immigration to the European Union, population
and economic disparities between North / South, refugees.
Has SPHAERA, a database
of citations to African maps from sources world-wide; the same citations
can be accessed through a clickable
map. There is a catalog
of maps produced by the IRD. Provides a GIS software program, Savane. Savane has been used
by workers in refugee camps in Kenya, Bamako, Mali, and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
The IRD, l’Institut de recherche
pour le développement, was (formerly ORSTOM), based in Paris, France.
Full text publications on-line include -
doctoral theses such as L’Approvisionnement et la distribution
alimentaires a Douala (Cameroun): logiques sociales et
pratiques spatiales des acteurs, by HATCHEU Emil TCHAWE. 455 p. in
and, in zip format, Arbres
contre graminées : la lente invasion de la savane par la forêt
au Centre-Cameroun, by Joseph YOUTA HAPPI (over 200 pages, in PDF)
Reports on refugee camps
in Kenya and on refugees
and the environment in Kenya and Uganda.
de l'espace senegalais depuis l'independance, 1960-2000
(includes many maps, photographs). http://www.bondy.ird.fr/carto/SenegalFIG/index.html
travaux de langue franciase sur la degradation de l'environnement
dans les pays du Sahara et du Sahel. This is part of a project on desertification
d'information geographique de la zone d'etude de Niakhar
A mini-atlas of Addis- Abeba (best viewed with a fast connection).
- Integrated Approaches to Participatory
- Uses Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) to merge "indigenous
technical knowledge and traditional spatial information." "Participatory
3-D Modeling (P3-DM) is the community-based tool which merges Geographic
Information System (GIS)-generated data and peoples' knowledge to produce
a stand-alone relief model." Empowers people re their cultural identity and land. "Elders [in Kenya] populated the model with their memories dating back to 1925 and reconstructed the landscape as it was at that time." You must register to use the database.
Based in Milan, Italy. http://www.iapad.org
- Investir en zone franc
- Has maps of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon,
Guinée Bissau, Guinée Equatoriale, Mali, Niger, République Centrafricaine,
Sénégal, Tchad, Togo. Also for cities - Abidjan, Bamako, Bangui, Bissau,
Brazzaville, Cotonou, Dakar, Libreville, Lome, N'djamena, Niamey, Ouagadougou,
Porto-novo, Yaounde. Site, in French, on the CFA france countries. http://www.izf.net/izf/Index.htm
in Africa Map - University of Texas
- Shows predominantly Muslim countries and coutnries with significant Muslim
minorities. The map does not designate South Africa which has significant
Muslim communities. From the Perry Casteneda Library Map Collection, Univ.
of Texas at Austin. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/africa/africa_islam_87.jpg
Development Research Centre (IDRC) - Open and Closed Skies: Satellite Access
- Map of satellite access in Africa. See also the map of telecommunications
in Africa. From IDRC a Canadian public corporation. http://web.idrc.ca/en/ev-51227-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html
- [Kenya] Open Kenya (Transparent Africa)
- "public government data .... High quality national census data, government expenditure, parliamentary proceedings and public service locations ...... maps....interactive charts and tables .... raw data for technical users to build their own apps and analyses." Health, poverty rate, education, electricity, development projects, urbanization, employment, land ownership, sanitation, population, age groups, parcels under irrigation, credit borrowing, child nutrition, crop farming, housing, disability, county statistics. Download datasets. Tech tools, apps for your own data. [KF] https://opendata.go.ke/
- Language Map - Linguasphere Observatory
- Linguasphere Observatory is "a research network devoted to the classification
of the world's languages and dialects, the study and promotion of multilingualism...."
Directed by David Dalby.
Includes David Dalby's Language
Map of Africa and the adjacent islands. Supported by the London School
of Oriental and African Studies, Departments of Geography and Africa. [KF]
- Lerner Publishing Group. Visual Geography Series
- Has a few maps of African countries which can be saved to your computer and a small selection of photographs (some historical) which can be downloaded as well. See the Notes/Instructions for printing information. Lerner is a children's book publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. http://www.vgsbooks.com/
- Library of Congress - Islamic Manuscripts from Mali
- "twenty-two Islamic
manuscripts [in Arabic script] containing important insights into the life and culture of
West Africans during the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Era." A project of the Library of Congress and the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library of Timbuktu, Mali. Includes maps - Timbuktu in Space and Time, a history of Timbuktu as an Islamic cultural center, and Timbuktu architecture. http://international.loc.gov/intldl/malihtml/malihome.html
- Library of Congress - Maps in Our Lives
- Has two African maps. One is a Middle East / Africa School Map - Zoom in to see details. The second map is a Countries of the World Map using the Robinson Projection (country outlines and major cities only). "explores surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems." http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/maps/
- Map Library
- "The Map Library software is not intended to compete with commercial "GIS" software. It is aimed at users who need maps but who are not GIS experts." "The Map Library for Africa contains over 60,000 data files. There is a page for each country containing links to pages for each province, or other first-level administrative division. For most countries there are further links from these pages for second and third level divisions." Download the Vector Viewer program to view Map Library vector files (*.mlb) and "then to save it to an ArcView shape file, a MapInfo MIF file, an AutoCAD DXF file, or a Map Maker DRA file. "The library's purpose is.....to make public domain mapping data more readily available for developing countries, and to provide free, easy to use software to facilitate map making by non-experts." " "a project of “The Map Maker Trust”, a UK registered charity. http://www.maplibrary.org/
- Has African country
maps showing national parks, a continent
map (takes a long time to download) with links to country maps, maps
can be emailed / printed. Includes facts about each country and a flag.
- Site dedicated to listing all non printed reference material related to
historical maps and cartography. A directory of videos, cd-roms,
microfilm, slides. Includes the distributor and a description. Some Africa
content. Maintained by Boudewijn Meijer. http://www.andropov.com/mapref
- Maps Relating
to Islam's Historical Development
- Are from the web site for the course "Introduction
to Islamic Religion" of Barbara
R. von Schlegell, Univ. of Pennsylvania. Examples are -
- c. A.D. 1500
c. A.D. 1300 -
- [Namibia[ Digital Atlas of Namibia
- Travel and tourism directory, guide to properties in Namibia for buyers
and sellers, maps (see Links to Pages with Maps) , crafts
for sale, articles on Namibia's history. Maintained by Elena Travel Services,
Windhoek. Site owned by Sergei Mitrofanov. [KF] http://www.namibweb.com
Geographic Map Machine
- Its Map Machine has basic information from the National Geographic
Atlas of the World (1995) and maps for each country with basic printable
maps. Zoom in and out Africa map. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/
- National Library of Australia - Map Catalog
- A search of the Library's map catalog using the term Africa results in over 300 catalog records. Images of some of the maps are online. http://www.nla.gov.au/map/
Library of South Africa - Mapping Africa Before 1920
- Site has closed. "The International Cartographic Association (ICA) meets in Africa
for the first time in August 2003. Durban will play host to the week long
21st International Conference. In addition, the ICA Commission on the History
of Cartography has organised a two day pre-conference symposium in Cape
Town from 4-5 August, at the National Library...It will be opened by Dr.
Frene Ginwala, Speaker of the National Assembly, well known for her avid
interest in maps and mapmaking." Maps include the first map
of Africa to be assembled from several sources and engraved in uniform size
and a a map of the Cape peninsula indicating a proposed
canal across the Cape Flats from Table Bay to False Bay. 1682.
- Nature (Magazine) - Islamic World Map
- Sells a variety of African
maps and atlasees (some plastic, some from the Institut Geographique
National, political, city maps, etc.) Some may not be in stock. c. U.S.
- Has a satellite
map of Africa. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/africa/index.html
- Newberry Library.
Smith Center for the History of Cartography (Chicago)
- Has a Maps, Travel & Exploration section. http://www.newberry.org/center-history-cartography-programs
- Northwestern University Library - Maps of Africa
- "16th- Early 20th Century Maps of Africa. This site features digital copies of 113 antique maps of Africa and accompanying text dating from the mid 16th Century to the early 20th Century. All scanned maps are authentic and originally collected by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (or the Africana Library) at Northwestern University." The cataloging information is very thorough. http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govinfo/collections/mapsofafrica/
- Omni Resources
- Sells African
maps ($3.50 to over $2,000) - geologic, faults, mineral deposits, oil
and gas, tsetse fly distribution, East Africa grasslands, holocene, travel,
political. For each country provides the flag and list of maps sold. Map source used by libraries. Based
in Burlington, North Carolina. http://www.omnimap.com/catalog/int/africa.htm
- Online Map Creation Web Sites
- Plain Globe - create maps including in postcript, Illustrator. http://www.planiglobe.com/omc_set.html
National Geographic - MapMaker - create maps with various features
Richard Byrne : Maps for Teachers -
Byrne describes various map creations sources
Online Map Creation - need to put in geographic coordinsates.
- Open Atlas
- "an Open source project based on Google Maps where anybody can add a point or subject"
Maintained by Tibor Katelbach. Based in France. http://www.open-atlas.org
- Open Street Map
- Street maps of African cities. http://www.openstreetmap.org/
- Peace Corps
- Water in Africa
- "contains over 500 photo resources, representing
the best of more than 3000 images submitted by the Peace Corps Volunteers
serving in Africa." Access photos by country. Each photo has descriptive
captions. Has short narratives about water in African daily life, lessons
plans (by grade or subject) for K-12 students, maps,
technical drawings. Produced by Peace Corps Volunteers, World Wise Schools'
(WWS) classroom teachers, and WWS staff members. http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/water/africa/
- Philadelphia Print
Shop - African Maps (Philadelphia, PA)
- Sells antique prints, maps, including African maps. Has descriptions and
- Rights Maps
- Cartography and geographic research for the human rights community. Has
oil field maps for the Sudan,
ethnic maps, town maps. Maps are sold and created by Michael Miller. [KF]
- Rumsey, David - David Rumsey
- Over 200 antiquarian African maps from the private collection of David
Rumsey. Includes detailed descriptions. Use the right hand icons to zoom
in, read map descriptions, etc. Maps cover the African continent, South
Africa, West Africa, North Africa, ethnographic. Other maps: an 1895 religious world map; The British Empire, showing the commercial routes of the World. http://www.davidrumsey.com/
- Sanderus Antiquariaat (Ghent, Belgium)
- Sells antiquarian African maps, atlases. "specialised in antiquarian books, medieval manuscripts, antique maps and prints from the 15th to the 18th centuries." Founded in 1980 by Filip Devroe. A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA). Based in Ghent, Belgium.
- Stanford University Libraries - Maps of Africa
- Stanford holds over 700 maps of Africa, 632 of which are online. Holdings include over 300 maps from the Oscar I. Norwich Collection. http://library.stanford.edu/collections/maps-africa
University. Guide to the Oscar I. Norwich Collection of Antiquarian Maps of Africa and
Its Islands, 1486-1865
- Finding aid for the Norwich collection of 316 antiquarian African
maps housed in the Stanford University Libraries, Department
of Special Collections. This finding aid does not include antiquarian
African maps held at Stanford but not part of the Norwich Collection. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt787007h3
See also - The Rediscovery of Africa, 1400–1900: Antique Maps & Rare Images: Exhibition of the Stanford University Libraries’ holdings of antique African maps including the Oscar I. Norwich collection, described as one the finest private collections of African maps in the world. April 1 through August 1, 2004.
University. Branner Earth Sciences Library
- Branner Library has links to free African GIS data. The Library holds 8,500-9,000 geological and other (non-antiquarian) print maps of Africa; these are not on-line. Its Map Valuation page created by Head Librarian, Julie Sweetkind-Singer, has sources
for estimating antiquarian map prices. http://library.stanford.edu/depts/branner/
- Stephens, David -
Making Sense of Maps
- Online tutorial about maps. The maps work only in MS Internet Explorer.
"an overview of the history of maps and how historians use them, a
breakdown of the elements of a map, tips on what questions to ask when analyzing
maps, an annotated bibliography, and a guide to finding and using maps online."
"David Stephens is professor of geography at Youngstown State University."
- [Tanzania] Geological
Survey of Tanzania (Mineral Resources Department, Dodoma, Tanzania)
- Country information, an infrastructure map, geological map, metallogenic
map, mineral sector policy, information on mining operations, licensing
procedure, industry taxation, geologic environment, databases and other
resources at the Mineral Resources Department, selected mining operations.
(Jinja, Uganda) - Maps
- From the Churches of Christ, an "evangelical Christian mission working
in both rural and urban contexts." Has maps (Uganda administrative,
East Africa, Uganda coat of arms). [KF] http://ugandamissions.org/
Nations. Cartographics Section
- In English and French.
Has detailed African maps (regional, country for most countries)
in Adobe pdf format. Also has maps and background text for African peace-keeping
missions (Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Western Sahara),
also in Adobe pdf format. Has maps
from past peace-keeping operations (Angola and the 3 countries
above). Describes the Dag
Hammarskjöld Library Map Collection. http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/english/htmain.htm
- United Nations.
Relief Web - Africa Maps
- A huge number and variety of maps. Find maps by country, topic, disaster, etc. Also simple maps in PDF. Must follow the Permission rules. Maps must be credited to the organization. [KF] http://reliefweb.int/maps
- United States.
Census Bureau. HIV/AIDS Surveillance
- Listing, by country, of Estimates of HIV-1 and HIV-2 Seroprevalence
and continent-wide and regional African maps of HIV seroprevalence.
- United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Maps
- Has continent
and country maps - African Continent and Central Africa, Country Maps. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/refmaps.html
- United States. Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division
- Has 17th-19th
c. maps of Africa, an 1842 map of South Africa (Cape of Good Hope),
Century maps of Liberia which "includes twenty examples
from the American Colonization Society (ACS), organized in 1817 to resettle
free black Americans in West Africa. These maps show early settlements in
Liberia, indigenous political subdivisions, and some of the building lots
that were assigned to settlers. This on-line presentation also includes
other nineteenth-century maps of Liberia: a map
prepared for a book first published in the 1820's by ACS agent Jehudi
Ashmun, a map showing the areas in Liberia that were ceded to the society
by indigenous chiefs, and a detailed map dated 1869 by a man thought to
be the black American explorer Benjamin Anderson." There is a History
of Liberia Timeline.
- Africa: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdPlaces01.html
- Liberia: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/libhtml/libhome.html
States Military Academy. Department of History. Maps
- Atlases produced by West Point's History Dept. The maps are the "digital
versions from the atlases printed by the United States Defense Printing
Agency." Under "Wars
and Conflicts Since 1958" are maps
of Somalia 1992-93 and the city of Mogadishu. Click on the maps for
en enlargement. http://www.westpoint.edu/history/SitePages/Atlases.aspx
States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Earth at Night (including
- Graphic of the Earth at Night, a composite of hundreds of pictures made
by the orbiting DMSP [Defense Meteorological Satellites Program] satellites.
Click on the image for an enlargement.
This was the November 27, 2000 Astronomy
Picture of the Day. From NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. [KF] http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap001127.html
- University of Bern. Centre for Development and Environment - Geoinformatics Products
- Has a Sudan Map Shop - Maps of Southern Sudan, Darfur, Nuba Mountains, etc. "Reports, hard copy maps, digital map files and individually compiled desktop maps..." High resolution maps, print maps can be ordered. Based in Bern, Switzerland. [KF] http://www.cde.unibe.ch/Pages/GP-Products.aspx
- University of Cape Town - African Historical Maps
- UCT's African historical maps and Cape Town early street plans are online. A joint project of the UCT Libraries and the Stanford University Libraries funded by The William and Yvonne Jacobson Digital Africana Program at UCT. http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/blog/news/african-historical-maps/
of Florida (Gainesville). Map and Imagery Library - Africa
- Has U.S. C.I.A. maps of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, US National Imagery and
Mapping Agency maps of the West Africa Coasts of Southern Mauritania and
Northern Senegal, Port of Dakar and Baie De Goree, Senegal; antique
maps of the city and fort Cape of Good Hope, and more. http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/maps/MAPAFRICAMOD03.HTML
- University of Illinois - Maps of Africa to 1900
- "images of maps listed in ... Maps of Africa to 1900: A Checklist of Maps in Atlases and Geographical Journals in the Collections of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Bassett & Scheven, Urbana: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2000)" Includes maps from "19th century atlases and geographical journals, including the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society (United Kingdom), the Bulletin de la Société de Géographie de Paris (France), and Petermanns Geographische Mittheilungen (Germany)." http://images.library.illinois.edu/projects/africanmaps/index.asp
- University of Malawi - Chancellor College. Centre for Language Studies - Language Maps
- Promotes the development of all Malawian languages - Chichewa, Chitumbuka, Chiyao, Chisena, Chiitonga, Chilomwe
etc. Has Online Dictionaries for Chichewa, Ciyawo, and Citumbuka. Based in Zomba, Malawi. [KF] http://www.unima-cls.org/
Full text reports - LANGUAGE MAPPING SURVEY FOR THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL REGIONS OF MALAWI: LANGUAGES AND THEIR DIALECTS and District Language Maps.
Language Mapping Survey for Northern Malawi with Language Maps.
of Texas (Austin), Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - Africa Maps
- The Univ. of Texas has political maps, historical maps, an Islam
in Africa map, natural vegetation, population density, and individual
country maps. Most are from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/africa.html
- Wild Madagascar
- On Madagascar's biological and cultural richness. Maps (satellite
map with parks, cities, and roads labeled, political, vegetation, environment,
soil degradation, etc. most from FAO). Describes the environment, wildlife,
birds, flora. Photographs by
Butler and others. Maintained by Rhett A. Butler. [KF] http://www.wildmadagascar.org
- Woodward, David and G. Malcolm Lewis, ed. Cartography in the
Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies.
Volume 2, Book 3 of The History of Cartography, edited by J. B. Harley
and David Woodward. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1998
- 2. Cartographic Content of Rock Art in Southern Africa. By
Tim Maggs. 11 pages PDF
3. Indigenous Mapmaking in Intertropical Africa. By
Thomas J. Bassett. 25 pages PDF
- World Digital Library
- In seven languages. Primary sources world wide. Antiquarian African maps, Arabic manuscripts from Timbuktu, early 20th century photographs, text of the speech by Nigerian independence leader Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-96) on the day he became governor-general of Nigeria, South African San rock paintings, early travel journals. Supported by the U.S. Library of Congress, UNESCO, and National Libraries world wide. http://www.wdl.org/
- World History - Map Tutorial
- Tutorial by Professor Joni Seager, University of Vermont. Provides an analysis of the “Africae novo” map, from the early 1600s. Annotated bibliography, directory of on-line maps. The World History site is created by the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. [KF] http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/unpacking/mapsmain.html
- Hundreds "of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest." Compare continents, countries by land area, population (year 1, year 1500 up to year 2300), births, the elderly, refugees, immigrants, tourism, transportation, imports, exports, water resources, forestry, managers (by gender), patents, urban indicators, education, health, natural disasters, endangered species, military, environmental damage, science research, telecommunications, the media, wealth, poverty, etc. Data files available. Provides printable maps. From the University of Sheffield, Social and Spatial Inequalities Research Group. [KF] http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/index.html
Divinity School. AdHoc - Image and Text Database on the History of
- A Yale Divinity School faculty-library initiative, web-searchable
database that contains electronic images and texts related to the history
of Christianity. Contents include: Map showing locations
of mission stations. (maps can be enlarged). Photographs/postcards of
missionaries. Map of Anglican Church dioceses in Africa ca. 1897. Maps
of Church Missionary Society missions in Africa. Map of the Partition of Africa as settled by international agreements, ca. 1891. Slave Trade Map of Equatorial Africa, ca. 1887. Based in New Haven, Connecticut. [KF] http://divdl.library.yale.edu/dl/index.aspx?qc=AdHoc
- Yale University
Library - Antiquarian African Maps
- Images of 16th-19th African maps at Yale University Library (Willem Janszoon
Blaeu maps, Ethiopian maps, an 1870 Tokyo made map). See also "The
Eye of the Beholder: Africa Through Western Eyes" a 1997-98 Yale
exhibit of historical maps of Africa which demonstrate the changing perceptions
of Africa by the West. This is the old site; information may move to the library's new site later. http://www.library.yale.edu/MapColl/oldsite/map/africa.html
Bassett, Thomas J.
Maps of Africa to 1900 : a checklist of maps in atlases and geographical
journals in the collections of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
/ Thomas J. Bassett & Yvette Scheven.
[Urbana, IL] : The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois : distributed
by [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign], The Graduate School of Library
and Information Science, c2000.
317 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm. Series: (Robert B. Downs Publication Fund ; no.
This work is the 2002 Conover-Porter
Award Co-Winner for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work.
Betz, Richard L.
The mapping of Africa :
a cartobibliography of printed maps of the African continent to 1700.
't Goy-Houten : Hes & de Graaf,
540 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 33 cm.
Series: Utrechtse historisch-kartografische studies =; Utrecht studies in the history of cartography ;; 7; Variation: Utrechtse historisch-kartografische Studies ;; 7.
Mbodj, Mohamed. " 'So Geographers in Africa Maps with Savage
Pictures Fill Their Gaps' Representing Africa on Maps." In Contested
Terrains and Constructed Categories, edited by George Clement Bond and
Nigel C. Gibson, 37-58. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2002.
Woodward, David and G. Malcolm Lewis, ed. Cartography in the
Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies.
Volume 2, Book 3 of The History of Cartography, edited by J. B. Harley
and David Woodward. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1998Includes:
2. Cartographic Content of Rock Art in Southern Africa. By
Tim Maggs. 11 pages PDF
3. Indigenous Mapmaking in Intertropical Africa. By
Thomas J. Bassett. 25 pages PDF