Satellite Images and Early Maps of the Cape of Good Hope and Southern Africa

Above, I’ve presented just a few maps and satellite images of Southern Africa. Apart from the ones I’ve selected, many images and much valuable information about Southern Africa can be found at the following online sources:

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  1. Hi, I stumbled on your blog while looking at a few cadastral maps, and followed the images.

    For historic maps, there are a lot of University dspace (digitized items) available particularly of Southern Africa. (I say this as a historian of SA who works on the history of surveying, mapping, and colonial land policy.) The University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria, the University of the Witwatersrand, and UNISA all have fairly robust dspace units. is a link to the big Open Access Repository link system run via Nottingham, and is updated often (use Browse to get to the regions/countries). It includes not only maps but also historic texts that are digital, government documents, some manuscripts, and often articles that are available to the public. I’m delighted to see others with an interest in the history of geography of southern Africa, and Africa generally, both in applied human geography, environmental issues, and in the formation of images for colonial (and anticolonial) purposes. Of course, the themes and ideas extend far beyond merely SA or the Cape!

    If needed, I have a lot of additional resources, and would be happy to share if they are of use.


    L F Braun
    Associate Professor, History
    University of Oregon

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