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Exploration et transferts de savoir : deux cartes produites par des Africains au début du 19e siècle

Abstract : The analysis of two maps produced in Africa by Africans at the request of European explorers in the early 19th century reveals the interactions that influenced the production of these documents, and the hybrid nature of the representations in the maps and accompanying texts. The maps superimpose the Europeans' interest in the network of waterways and trade routes, with an African head of state's desire to control the image he gives of his territory, an academic geography that existed among Muslim African elites, which includes West Africa in a framework partly inherited from Arab geographers, and a geography of routes that stems from the practical knowledge of African merchants... This combination of heterogeneous geographical traditions makes it difficult for these maps to be received by European academic geography, which aspires to fill in the blanks by including the knowledge derived from exploration in a universal framework.
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Camille Lefebvre, Isabelle Surun. Exploration et transferts de savoir : deux cartes produites par des Africains au début du 19e siècle. Mappe Monde, Maison de la géographie, 2008, 4 (92), pp.1-24. ⟨halshs-00682112⟩

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