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African Maps

Browse African Maps in Print

Our print African map holdings are searchable in the BU Library Search, but you can browse through the entire list below: 

African Maps Online

  • The Afriterra Foundation is a nonprofit cartographic library. Their online catalog provides high-resolution, digitized access to rare maps of early Africa (dating from 1480 – 1900). There are currently about 1,100 maps in their database.
  • Maps of Africa: An Online Exhibit -  Digital resource for African Maps at the Stanford University Libraries that comprises several collections, The Caroline Batchelor Map CollectionDr. Oscar I. Norwich Collection, and the University of Cape Town Map Collection.
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection from the University of Texas at Austin. The online collection includes maps from the CIA website and various other sources. Generally more current maps, though there are historical maps also. They are listed according to continent, country and region. The list also includes the year they were published and file size.
  • The Worldmapper site is a collaborative effort between University of Sheffield and University of Michigan. These are “density-equalising cartograms” of the world. Each map reflects a particular subject and countries are re-sized according to the variable/data being mapped. They are a wonderful visuals for statistical data. There are 366 maps currently on the site, with more being added.
  • All About Africa – Educational software providing interactive games, quizzes and tutorials regarding the geography of Africa. It is geared for children – high school, but provides useful exercises in memorizing/learning geographical regions, countries, capitals, rivers, etc. of Africa. Also provides a free blank map of Africa for downloading.
  • ‘Separatist Map of Africa’ (Interactive) – What Africa would look like if the separatist movements across Africa had their way. (The Guardian, UK)

Head, African Studies Library

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Beth Restrick
African Studies Library
6th floor, Mugar Memorial Library

Mon-Fri, 9am- 5pm
Subjects: African Studies