Cartography and empire building in nineteenth-century West Africa

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Maps served as both instruments and representations of expanding European influence into Africa during the 19th century. They contributed to empire building by promoting, assisting, and legitimating the projection of European power. Through the use of cartographical elements such as color, cartouches, vignettes, boundary lines, and blank spaces, mapmakers participated in the conquest and colonization of Africa. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-335
Number of pages20
JournalGeographical Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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