[ISHMap-List] January 16th RMMS meeting at Denver Public Library
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Sat Jan 13 01:28:22 CET 2018
The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The
Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Vincent Szilagyi: "The Scramble for Africa:
Colonial Africa Explored through Maps and Artwork"
5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room -
Free and open to the Public
In 1870, only 10% of Africa was under European control; by World War I, 90%
percent of the continent was controlled by European Powers. This rapid
expansion of Colonial power was unprecedented; it was tremendously important
for Africans, Europeans and the world as a whole. The history of the
Scramble is a fascinating tale, and one best explored through maps. The maps
of Africa from this time period are renowned for their accuracy, utility and
beauty, all of which are self-evident when you see them yourself.
Vincent graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with Degrees in
History, Political Science and Geography. His senior thesis concerned the
mapping of Central Africa and the Nile River in the 1850s to 1870s and the
impacts this had on the nascent academic disciplines of Geography and
Geology. After graduating, Vincent indulged his passion for maps by working
at the Philadelphia Print Shop West in Cherry Creek, one of the Nation's
premier antique map and print galleries. He now works as a Research
Archivist at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado.
Many USGS maps and road maps will be available (for free!) to RMMS members
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