|Why are the most beautiful maps maps of lies? Click to enlarge.|
Northern Africa is shown to be divided amongst Islamic states with Arabic names. I am sure the native Copts, Berbers, and Africans of European descent such as the Roman African Christian community would certainly state the Arabs conquered and colonized the region. Sicily and Spain were certainly more in a Mediterranean and European realm vice African before the Arabs came. Also, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) was uninhabited before Europeans arrived. Finally, a Swahili realm shown on the map would not exist without the presence of Arabs, which in part resulted in Oman's colonization of Africa.
Much like claiming all Americans are descendants of immigrants except for American Indians, this map advances and lie myth. For some reason colonization and empire only exists in a European sense. It is assumed everyone else lived in a magical no-place where wars are minimal and the cultural landscape does not change. This legacy of racism reduces none Europeans to an innocent, Eden-like race. It is time for geographers and the public to grow up.