Article ID: CBB645806823

“Africa for the Africans?” – Mapmaking, Lagos, and the Colonial Archive (2020)

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In early colonial Lagos, struggles over race, place and identity were played out over ownership of land, and ended with the displacement of sections of the indigenous population. “Africa for the Africans” combines texts and maps to narrate the history of 1860s Lagos. This article demonstrates how, with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), European colonial maps can be used to analyze the significance of changing urban spatial relationships in 1860s Lagos. Though much of this analysis employs GIS, it also leans heavily on other tools for making timelines, story maps and vector diagrams. This process of creating digital representations of the past also has pedagogical applications, as these methods can be extended to the classroom for undergraduates learning about African history., RésuméDans la Lagos du début de la période coloniale, les luttes entremêlant race, lieu et identité se jouaient sur la propriété des terres et se terminaient par le déplacement de segments de la population indigène. “L’Afrique pour les Africains” combine des textes et des cartes pour raconter l'histoire de Lagos des années 1860. Cet article montre comment, avec les systèmes d'information géographique (SIG), les cartes coloniales européennes peuvent être utilisées pour analyser l'importance de l'évolution des relations spatiales urbaines dans les années 1860 à Lagos. Bien qu'une grande partie de cette analyse utilise un SIG, elle s'appuie également fortement sur d'autres outils pour créer des chronologies, des cartes d'histoire et des diagrammes vectoriels. Ce processus de création de représentations numériques du passé a également des applications pédagogiques, car ces méthodes peuvent être étendues en classe pour les étudiants de premier cycle qui apprennent l'histoire africaine.

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Authors & Contributors
Barber, Peter
Christoph, Andreas
Delano-Smith, Catherine
Demhardt, Imre Josef
Egmond, Marco Van
Harvey, P. D. A.
Journals
e-Perimetron: International Web Journal on Sciences and Technologies Affined to History of Cartography and Maps
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften
Miscellanea Geographica
Polish Cartographical Review
Publishers
University of Southern California
Franco Angeli
Springer
University of Chicago Press
University of Nebraska Press
Zone Books
Concepts
Cartography
Maps; atlases
Digital humanities
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geography
Research methods
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
16th century
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
Places
Germany
Poland
Alps (Europe)
Great Britain
Ireland
New York (U.S.)
Institutions
Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (Polish Military Geographical Institute)
West Point Foundry
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