Defining Regions of Pre-Colonial Africa: A Controlled Vocabulary for Linking Open-Source Data in Digital History Projects Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractRegionalizing pre-colonial Africa aids in the collection and interpretation of primary sources as data for further analysis. This article includes a map with six broad regions and 34 sub-regions, which form a controlled vocabulary within which researchers may geographically organize and classify disparate pieces of information related to Africa‚Äôs past. In computational terms, the proposed African regions serve as data containers in order to consolidate, link, and disseminate research among a growing trend in digital humanities projects related to the history of the African diasporas before c. 1900. Our naming of regions aims to avoid terminologies derived from European slave traders, colonialism, and modern-day countries.

publication date

  • June 1, 2021

has restriction

  • hybrid

Date in CU Experts

  • December 27, 2021 3:47 AM

Full Author List

  • Lovejoy HB; Lovejoy PE; Hawthorne W; Alpers EA; Candido M; Hopper MS; Lydon G; Kriger CE; Thornton J

author count

  • 9

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-5413

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-2744

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 9

end page

  • 34


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