In this practicum, I took an older drawn map of the coast of Africa and placed it on top of a current map of Africa. The older map, was from 1774 (right in the middle of the Transatlantic Slave Trade) and showed a “correct” positioning of the Gold Coast of Africa, where there were many slave trade ports. This drawing wasn’t far off from the current map of Africa, except for a few ridges and cutoffs, but it seemed they have a very good idea of the Gold Coast, meaning that it was a very busy and high demand area. I am still looking for ways to incorporate this tool into my final project, but I will be using maps either way for my final project.

(the warped map is only a screenshot)

I obtained the map from the David Rumsey Map Collection

warped map
Photo of original map

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