November 13, 2014
Can you tell where it is yet?
Swedish artist Nikolaj Cyon has created a map of Alkebu-Lan: how Africa might have looked if Europe hadn’t been a colonising power.
Basing himself on Unesco’s General History of Africa, Cyon built his map around historical empires, linguistic regions and natural boundaries. His snapshot is taken in 1844 (or 1260 Anno Hegirae), also the date of a map of tribal and political units in Unesco’s multi-volume General History
Cyon’s timeline diverges from history in the 14th Century where the Black Death has an even greater impact on the population of Europe, one so great recovery was impossible. He’s created a prezi detailing the background and process.