Thursday 25 April 2013

Historical evolution of the idea of Africa

this is the graphic evolution of the concept of Africa from the European point of view through the history by means of a continuous cartographic overlapping. the result should be better if it were possible to add a longer sequence of historical maps ordered in a real chronological line.
the shape of this land is slowly changing and it's getting more and more defined, finally reaching the precision of the geographic atlases we are used to.
It's not just a question of drawings, it's the definition of a concept.

It could be interesting also to represent the evolution of the world map during the period of European explorations. but ok, this can give an idea at least.

and for those who would prefer to see how the slightly different shapes are not changing the concept of the general idea of Africa, take a look to this faster sequence:

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