Cartography and Empire-Building in Nineteenth Century West Africa

  title={Cartography and Empire-Building in Nineteenth Century West Africa},
  author={Thomas J. Bassett},
  journal={Geographical Review},
  • T. Bassett
  • Published 1994
  • History
  • Geographical Review
Maps served as both instruments and representations of expanding European influence into Africa during the nineteenth century. They contributed to empire building by promoting, assisting, and legitimating the projection of European power. Through the use of cartographical elements such as color, cartouches, vignettes, boundary lines, and blank spaces, mapmakers participated in the conquest and colonization of Africa. Afamiliar image of the late-nineteenth-century scramble for Africa is that of… 

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