Maps of Africa
A fascinating sampling of maps depicting places in Africa.
Lead Curator Digital Mapping
Selected by readers, these maps represent areas of special European interest in Africa during the 19th and 20th century. Many of these regions came under direct British control during the Victorian era for the strategic or economic advantages they offered, and became independent in the 20th century. The maps are almost entirely topographical, prepared by the (British) War Office, colonial surveys, and other official mapping authorities.
Kimberly Kowal highlights personal favourite items from the collection
British Somaliland and Sokotra
Suez Canal [Defence plan] (1938)
The low lying flat land called Kolla Noari or Qwälla, Western Ethiopia
East Africa (Mombasa) defence scheme map
Map of the Gold Coast Colony and neighbouring territories