From the Renaissance until the late 18th century, the European vision of the huge African continent was very limited. Europeans only knew the African coasts where they had set up trading posts. In the early 19th century, the inner continent also became a major source of interest. All through the century, Africa was at the core of a large-scale movement of discoveries and explorations. Newly-discovered areas were listed, making cartography a major tool for intellectual, scientific and political appropriation of territory. In the framework of the African summer season organised at BnF, documents on display will focus on explorations of Africa and African cartography.
20 June 2011|04 Sept. 2011
Site François Mitterrand
Bibliothèque nationale de France