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Africa Map Collection

Africa Map Collection | Geography 200 |

Via Seth Dixon
Elizabeth Bitgood's insight:

It is always informative to look at old maps.  They show how the cartographers saw the world and how the passage of the map makers revealed the passage of settlements in this case of colonel Europeans.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 4:06 PM

Maps come in all shapes and sizes. This one shows the divisions in Africa and how its been shaped and defined since colonization.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 2014 11:58 PM

This is a fun collection of maps because you can see how the European view of Africa has changed over time. These maps contain nonexistent land marks such as the Mountains of Kong, these are here because cartographers made their maps based off incorrect information and then passed this information on to others who repeated their mistakes. African was known as the dark continent not only because of European racism but because of the lack of knowledge on behalf of the Europeans. 

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 2014 11:19 AM

While most people perceive Africa as a country rather than a continent, European cartographers were even more oblivious to the make up of the continent. How is it possible that a mountain can directly across the continent. This also raises the question, how was conquering the continent possible if this mountain sat at the frontier of the continent? Wouldn't the natives know where to escape when European settlers came to conquer their land?

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Making National Geographic Maps

Making National Geographic Maps | Geography 200 |

This map of Cuba, National Geographic's first map of Cuba in over 100 years, has an incredible backstory. 


While touring the National Geographic headquarters, the cartographer Juan Valdés (pictured here with me) told me the story of his early days living in Cuba before Castro,  Pictured is one of his 36 meticulous drafts produced to create this cartographic masterpiece of his home country.  To hear it in his own words, embedded in this link is a 18 minute video of his talk at National Geographic on Cuba and the production of the map.  The last 7 minutes are especially helpful for mapping students to see all the decisions and stages involved in creating a professional reference map.


Tags: cartography, mapping, National Geographic, Latin America, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Via Seth Dixon
Elizabeth Bitgood's insight:

The background story of the cartographer along with the explanation of how the map was made was very interesting.  The different steps involved in making a map were interesting and insightful.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 4, 2014 12:30 PM

Map makers are as passionate at their work as the geographers that study it and the others who have interest in the land. At the National Geographic headquarters, much can be learned about the land and all the work that goes into creating a reference map. One cartographer, Juan Valdes, embraces his Cuban background by telling stories and maps that his life revolves around.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:46 AM

(Central America topic 3)

This video explains the numerous steps involved in mapmaking, the factors which relate to the process, and the difficulties that can be faced. In some ways the remapping of Cuba echoes the early mapping of America's western frontiers; previous data was few and far between,  and that which could be accessed was subject to inaccuracies and discrepancies. But perhaps in Cuba's case there was the benefit of technology, such as Google Earth. Especially since the embargoes, travel restrictions, and political tensions Cuba had become a frontier once again (at least cartographically speaking), and Valdés has helped to re-explore it.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 2014 9:54 PM

For starters, these pictures were fascinating to look at. It was amazing to see how much time and effort goes in making just one map. The video was informative and really gives you an idea of the unique process that is being done. The pictures fascinated me the most though. You could just tell just by looking at the pictures that they take what they do seriously. Also, you can tell that they are passionate about what they do. You can especially tell that you yourself had a great time and that you were really interested in what was going on. It is really awesome that National Geographic interviewed you about your visit. In the video, it was nice that he started off with some background information about Cuba and the special times that he shared with his father that made him go into cartography. Overall, the pictures and the video were really a sight to see.