Odds and Ends: A Continent Full of Feathers; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

A couple of tidbits for the first weekend of November. 1909 National Geographic Map of Africa Click to expand (3347 x 4264). This National Geographic map of Africa dating from 1909 has been featured rather prominently in Wikipedia’s Africa article for quite some time now. Not only a political geography map, the map also intended…

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Cabinda

Source: Pethrus, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/Cabinda_map-fr.svg/454px-Cabinda_map-fr.svg.png. Of the many exclaves of various countries around the world, one of the most significant and contentious is that of the Angolan province of Cabinda. The enclave is the result of an 1885 treaty between Portugal and the kingdom of Ngoyoin what is now the south of Cabinda (the modern-day province lies…

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The Caprivi Strip and the Curse of the Scramble for Africa

Borders on a map of Europe look very ‘natural’; i.e. no straight lines. There’s a certain flow to them in that they don’t appear arbitrary. Contrast that with a map of Africa, which has a lot more straight lines and odd panhandles. This is a legacy of the 19th century Scramble for Africa, in which…

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