Rather, I look at the ways that the maps, travel narratives and surveys produced in the dual arts of conquest and cartography bring new insight into understanding the morphology of an African city. For historians of Africa, the excitement and possibilities triggered by using tools like ArcGIS is tempered by the questions of sources—how to re-interpret them, how to assemble them, and how to deal with the ever present questions of mediation and the masking of local agency. How does spatial analysis move us beyond well worn schemes that plot power along specific axes of race, space and technology? How can we use sources without re-inscribing old ways of seeing the world? How useful are these data-hungry tools in circumstances where empirical data is uneven or sparse? My paper addresses these and other challenges faced with decolonizing the tools of the Digital Humanities.