Rocky Mountain Map Society


The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Vincent Szilagyi:

“The Scramble for Africa: Colonial Africa Explored through Maps and Artwork”





Vincent Szilagyi


5:30 PM at Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room


Free and open to the Public


In 1870, only 10% of Africa was under European control; by World War I, 90% percent of the continent was controlled by European Powers. This rapid expansion of Colonial power was unprecedented; it was tremendously important for Africans, Europeans and the world as a whole. The history of the Scramble is a fascinating tale, and one best explored through maps. The maps of Africa from this time period are renowned for their accuracy, utility and beauty, all of which are self-evident when you see them yourself.

Vincent graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with Degrees in History, Political Science and Geography.  His senior thesis concerned the mapping of Central Africa and the Nile River in the 1850s to 1870s and the impacts this had on the nascent academic disciplines of Geography and Geology.  After graduating, Vincent indulged his passion for maps by working at the Philadelphia Print Shop West in Cherry Creek, one of the Nation’s premier antique map and print galleries.  He now works as a Research Archivist at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado.