Afriterra Research Projects

The Inland Niger Delta: A Cartographic Connection

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."

The research has also been presented by Afriterra Executive Director Gerald Rizzo at the following conferences:

You can view the presentation, including many photos of the maps used in the study. You can also download the slides and notes in PDF form (large file, 6MB).

If you are a researcher and would like to receive a copy of the full study, please email us with your name and organization as well as some information about your work or interest in African cartography & history.

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