This layer is a georeferenced image of an historic continental map of Africa from 1802. This map is part of a selection of digitally scanned and georeferenced historic maps of Africa from the Oscar I. Norwich Collection at Stanford University. All map collar and inset information is also available as part of the raster image, including any inset maps, profiles, statistical tables, directories, text, illustrations, or other information associated with the principal map. This map was scanned and georeferenced by the Stanford University Geospatial Center using a WGS 84 coordinate reference system. This map is part of a selection of digitally scanned and georeferenced historic maps of Africa from the Oscar I. Norwich Collection at Stanford University.
This historic paper map provides an historical perspective of the cultural and physical landscape during this time period. The wide range of information provided on these maps make them useful in the study of historic geography. As this map has been georeferenced, it also can be used as a background layer in conjunction with other GIS data.
The horizontal positional accuracy of a raster image is approximately the same as the accuracy of the published source map. The lack of a greater accuracy is largely the result of the inaccuracies with the original measurements and possible distortions in the original paper map document. There may also be errors introduced during the digitizing and georeferencing process. In most cases, however, errors in the raster image are small compared with sources of error in the original map graphic. The RMS error for this map is 2656.43 meters. This value describes how consistent the transformation is between the different control points (links). The RMS error is only an assessment of the accuracy of the transformation.
Wauthier, J.M., and Stanford Geospatial Center. (2013). A Plain Map of Africa According to the Method of the Abbé Gaultier (Raster Image). Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/xy854tt0907.
The Oscar I. Norwich Collection consists of 316 maps published from the 15th to the early 20th century. A guide to this collection can be accessed here: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt787007h3/.
More information on this collection can be accessed here mapsofafrica.stanford.edu.