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.
How do maps illustrate historic change?
Common Core 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