• What we call “the world”…is not given as self-evident from the outset. It is apprehended… in an ongoing “crisis” of spacial consciousness.

    – Ernst Cassirer
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  • The Cartography of Africa: Finding Holes in Our Knowledge

    The public dialogue remains in a constant search for meaning. How do we achieve clarity? The human vessel must surely be purged of waste, and then continually re-filled with knowledge, especially about the wide world th...read more

    Pathways from Cameroon: A Glimpse at the Origin of AIDS

    The HIV-1 M virus is the express cause of the Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which affects over 36 million people world-wide. The virus has now been identified, characterized, and traced to its origins in th...read more

    Zimbabwe Lives On

    November 2017 brings another chapter in the long legacy of Zimbabwe.  Suddenly the military took control of the nation but said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, was safe. From the myths of Prester-John to ...read more

    Niger Was Always There

    The recent attention given to American activities in the North African country of Niger has prompted us to highlight the land, the people, and the importance of this remote desert region.read more

    Contribution to Smithsonian Institution’s NMAAHC

    Afriterra is pleased to be a contributor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We have provided digital images of some of our maps for use in the museum’s exhibitions, sche...read more

    The Gambia: A Cartographic Space

    The re-telling of Roots on the History Channel this summer reminds us to read more of Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize winning book from 1976, and beckons us to visualize West Africa’s place in history. Our current onlin...read more

    Congratulations on the Opening of David Rumsey Map Center/Exhibit

    On Tuesday, April 19th, from 6-7 pm, the David Rumsey Map Center and the Exhibit “A Universe of Maps,” will be opening to the public at the Stanford University Libraries: Afriterra congratulates the communit...read more

    Can Afriterra holdings contribute to the visualization of Ebola virus?

    I heard the news of a woman that died on 31 March 2016 by the virus Ebola in Liberia. This news, sent out on April 1, 2016, brings a renewed concern about outbreaks in the countries of West Africa. Liberia was declared ...read more

    Afriterra Map Featured by The Met

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently featured one of our maps in an article on their website, titled “The Path They Trod: An Avenue of Mango Trees on the Loango Coast.”read more

    What can old maps from Afriterra teach us today?

    About ten days ago, I was in Europe, and news from all over Africa were coming to me. Africa is a continent in rapid transition with a fantastic legacy for all human kind, and the environment. In this period, the price ...read more

    Maps on Exhibit during Geography Awareness Week

    Afriterra presents an historical map exhibit sponsored by The United Nations International Map Year. Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 15-21, 2015, 11am—7pm Afriterra Library, 400 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA The Afri...read more

    2015 Symposium of the International Map Collector’s Society (IMCoS)

    I’m attending the 2015 Symposium of the International Map Collector’s Society (IMCoS) in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference is a medium to get rare maps collectors together from different parts of the w...read more

    Afriterra Exhibit: "Before Mandela: The Cartographic View of South Africa, 1513-1918"

    I want to start this Afriterra blog talking about the week in which Afriterra Foundation will open its doors and welcome anyone to see our exhibits. As our founder and Executive Director, Dr. Gerald Rizzo, states: R...read more

    Afriterra Enters the Blogosphere

    The Afriterra staff are proud to join the community of bloggers who contribute to the global conversation about history, heritage, art, and other topics related to our mission. We will use this blog platform to communic...read more

    Darfur Research Published

    Afriterra staff member Lucia Lovison-Golob, Ph.D. contributed to the SCOLMA book, African Studies in the Digital Age: Disconnects? published last September. Her article, “The Integration of Historical Cartography ...read more