America in Africa: Mapping the African Question from American Diplomatic and Cultural Perspectives
This presentation will focus on the part of “Mapping the African Question” that maps American plenipotentiary movement throughout the continent from 1847-1919, using the Official Congressional Directories, which recorded all diplomatic officials stationed abroad. By 1891, there were over 50 diplomats stationed in Africa, including the islands of the coast, in various official positions to include consul, consul-general, vice & deputy consul, vice-consul, consular agent, commercial agent, and vice-commercial agent. The maps presented will also include links to bibliographies of the plenipotentiaries, TEI-marked government documents, and historical information about each post that reveal their extent of their centrality to American understandings of the African Question. A timeline feature will allow the user to see where U.S. diplomatic interest in Africa shifted over space and time. The next phase of the map will include color-coded nodes with similar links to show where American missionaries, explorers, and African American travelers are in the continent simultaneously.
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