Northwestern University Makes Antique African Maps Available Online

Northwestern University Academic Library has recently introduced an online archive of historical maps of Africa dating from as early as 1530. The 1530 map was drawn by famed Flemish geographer Gerhard Mercator. The collection contains 113 antique maps including 40 that were published prior to the year 1700.

The map pictured here was published in 1630. A label across what we now call West Africa is the legend “Country of the Negroes.”

Scholars who want to view or download the maps can access the collection by clicking here.