Boundaries of Africa (1884 vs 1914)

Boundaries of Africa: 1884 vs 1914

The Berlin Conference held in 1884 was an important event in the political future of African ethnic groups. It was attended by the European powers that laid claim to African territories. The Berlin Conference sought to end the European powers’ Scramble for Africa, by agreeing on political division and spheres of influence. They set up the political divisions of the continent, by spheres of interest, that exist in Africa today.

Historic map of African resistance to European colonialism

Historic map of African resistance to European colonialism
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Map of Africa using ethnically drawn borders, rather than those drawn by imperial powers

Map of Africa using ethnically drawn borders, rather than those drawn by imperial powers

“This map was drawn to a simple grid pattern of half an inch for each degree of latitude and longitude and reduced by 5 percent in reproduction. While this result in some slight distortion in the extreme north and south as compared with an equal-area projection, it has the advantage of facilitating location by coordinates.”

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