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Mapping Global Agricultural History: A Map and Gazetteer for Sub-Saharan Africa, c. 1800 AD
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3322-7848
2018 (English)In: Plants and People in the African Past: Progress in African Archaeobotany / [ed] Anna Maria Mercuri, A. Catherine D'Andrea, Rita Fornaciari, Alexa Höhn, Cham: Springer, 2018, p. 303-327Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recent global historical cropland modelling grossly underestimates the pre-colonial development of agriculture in the Americas and many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Such models are usually developed by back casting from recent land cover, combined with environmentally deterministic algorithms. Historical geographers have been slow in responding to a new demand for a global synthesis. In this paper, a preliminary map of African agricultural systems dating to AD 1800 is presented. It forms a component of the project Mapping Global Agriculture and is based on the existing historical literature, observations by early travelers, archaeology and archaeobotany. It should be emphasized that the generated map should be considered preliminary.

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Cham: Springer, 2018. p. 303-327
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Land cover, Land use, Agricultural systems, Historical croplands
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158470DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-89839-1_15ISBN: 978-3-319-89838-4 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-89839-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158470DiVA, id: diva2:1236760
Available from: 2018-08-05 Created: 2018-08-05 Last updated: 2018-08-14Bibliographically approved

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