Matters of Education

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Mapping Africa, 1880-1920

Length of Time:   45 Minutes


Maps are an excellent way to learn about history. As primary sources, these visual documents convey bias and perspective as well as concrete information about specific geographic locations. Changes in representation over time reflect both substantive acquisition of knowledge as well as direct representation of territorial power and influence. The adage that one picture is worth a thousand words is central to appreciating the value of maps to both contemporaries and students of the past.

Essential Questions

How do maps illustrate historic change?

Common Core Standards

Content Standards

World History II: The Rise of the Nation State to the Present

Industrial Revolution and Social and Political Change in Europe, 1800-1914

WH1II.11 Describe the causes of 19th century European Imperialism

WHII.15 Major developments African History in the 19th and 20th centuries