What’s in a name? #3

I mentioned earlier, in a post about the first map to include the name America, that people should be more aware of the names of places used by the first people to live there. Well, here’s a map that can help with that. Indigenous geographies overlap in this colorful online map For centuries, indigenous peoples … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #3”

What’s in a name? #2

It looks strange now, but this Waldseemüller map from 1507 was cutting-edge in its day, incorporating the very latest reports from voyages of discovery that were taking place at the time. Not everyone agreed with the reports from a certain Amerigo Vespucci, however. The epic story of the map that gave America its name Contrarily, … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #2”

What’s in a name?

The difficulties of dealing with the past. The cost of changing a country’s name “African countries, on getting independence, reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised,” His Royal Highness, King Mswati III told those gathered there. At that moment he was still king of Swaziland – but Swaziland was to be no more. … Continue reading “What’s in a name?”