Africa Without Colonization


Ever wondered what Africa could have looked like had it not been colonized by Europeans? A great map created by Swedish artist Nikolaj Cyon shows exactly that, upside down to skew the Eurocentric bias. It was compiled using historical, linguistic, and ethnographic data, and there is even an alternative historical timeline to support it. See map below (click to enlarge to 15 MByte image) and check out BigThink’s fantastic feature about it to learn more.


via io9


  1. Wow, look how incredibly divisive Africa would be. No wonder they were 15,000 years behind before Arabic and European colonization. Most of Africa by the 1800s still hadn’t developed the wheel, or agriculture, or fixed settlements. The only remotely advanced states in Africa at the dawn of European colonization were those that had been colonized by Arabic states.


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