What Maps Tell Us

African-European connections have existed for many more centuries than most people realize. In this reading, you have the opportunity to learn some of the history of these connections through examining four historical maps. Each of the maps was drawn by a well known cartographer, who drew on all of the geographic knowledge of Africa that was available in Europe at that time.

You have three main tasks to complete. Your first task is to consider how to put the maps in chronological order. Look at the four maps below, and decide what order you think they should be in (I recommend noticing basic things, such as shape and amount of information rather than squinting your eyes for detailed writing). When you have your guess made and recorded, click the “next” button below to see if you were right.

Image: Map 1
Image: Map 3
Image: Map 2
Map 4