Map: What if Africa had not been colonized?

With thanks to Rachel Strohm and Savage Minds for bringing our attention to this (speculative, historical thought experiment) “map of African politico-tribal units circa 1844″ by Swedish artist Nikolaj Cyon.

From the artist’s blog:

the project is…about…historical precolonial African nations, and I have tried to form a map of the most prominent of those that existed between the 15th and mid 19th century, by looking at historical maps like the one found in UNESCO’s “A General History of Africa”, linguistic regions and natural boundaries.

It’s a beautiful piece of work, worth a closer look in high resolution (and prints are for sale). It was mentioned as number 23 in the Washington Post‘s blog entry “40 Maps that Explain the World.”

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