Holdings in the Afriterra Collection

The Afriterra library is the most complete assembly in North America for original rare maps focused on early Africa.

Some facts about the collection:

  • 5,000 original rare maps, engravings, archive papers and rare book text and references, covering seven languages (English, Latin, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian).
  • Dates of origin from 1480 to 1900.
  • Palm-size to wall-size; small regional scale to continental scale
  • Maps of mountains, deserts, scenes, villages, and pathways.
  • Maps of Rivers: Gambia, Senegal, Niger, Congo, Orange, Zambezi, and Nile.
  • Maps and Description of Regions: Gambia, Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, Slave Coast, Grain Coast, Cameroon, Zaire, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nubia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Timbuktu.
  • Locations of Kingdoms: Songhay, Asante, Dahomey, Oyo, Jolof, Dyula, Benin, Ife, Gao, Mali, Aja, Kong, Abrong, Mossi, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Vili, Borno, Akan, Ghana, Ewe, Dagomba, Kasanje, Tuareg, Sahel, Mbundu, Zulu.
  • Locations of Slave trade sites: Arguin, Goree, St. Louis, De los, Sherbro, Bance, Whydah, Elmina, Anomabe, Lagos, Bonny, Calabar, Biafra, Benguela, Loango, Cabinda, Luanda, St. Thomas, Fernando Po.
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