Xavier Muñoz Torrent Announces São Tomé & Príncipe Atlas

Xavier Muñoz Torrent, working out of Barcelona, Spain, posted this story on our Facebook. If you’d like to share your story from Sao Tome & Principe, you can do the same (or click the orange “Submit Your Story” button above).

The Atlas Of Sao Tome & Principe – A collection of maps, charts and other geographic information on the islands of Sao Tome and Principe and the Gulf of Guinea (West Africa) is now available in digital form.

During the past six months by a group of people passionate about geography, members or sympathizers of the Caué Association, Friends of Sao Tome & Principe in Barcelona, working to gather all cartographic materials available on those islands, to make a new site accessible for free and open for participation.

So What’s the Content?

The collection is structured in a simple classification of maps:

  1. Location maps, and general topography,
  2. Physical geography,
  3. Geography of population,
  4. Economic geography,
  5. Urban and regional geography (maps of districts and cities),
  6. Old maps,
  7. Bibliography.

The basic for the maps is the National Atlas (published by the Office for Research and Education in 1983) that had an eminently educative function and, therefore, is very useful for those who want to get an essence of the geography the country – even today. Apart from that, more detailed cartographic materials were added from the web.

One of the highlights is Neco Brangança’s study of some of the most important Roca’s, as well as the antique maps found in the atlas. Through the study one can see the evolution of strategic importance of the islands had to West Africa.

The site’s cover image is a painting (oil and acrylic on canvas) of the young artist Olavo Amado, a member of the “school”  of Teia D’Arte, and represents an “Atlantic Africa”. Painted  upon my request.

Olavo wants to show the weight of the world to sustain for Africa or African people (the Atlantic), or as he said rightly “to sustain the African World.”

The colors represent a mix between the land and the roads of Sao Tome (of dirt, and sometimes mud) and the suffering and the survival efforts.

— Kris Haamer

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