Negroland

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Not to be confused with the Greek town called Nigrita.
A 1729 map titled: "NEGROLAND and GUINEA. with the European settlements, Explaining what belongs to England, Holland, Denmark &c."
By H. Moll Geographer

Negroland or Nigritia,[1] was a term invented and used by Europeans in colonial times, for an inland region in West African an area described as populated with "Negro people." The term "Nigritia" was used in 1823 to describe the region by Mercator's Chart.[2] This area comprised at least the western part of the region called Sudan (not to be confused with the modern country). The term is probably a direct translation of the Arabic term Bilad Al Sudan meaning "Land of the blacks", corresponding to about the same area. Some of the greatest states of those considered part of Negroland was the Bornu Empire and the Sokoto Caliphate.

After about the 1960s, however, when civil rights started improving for people of African ancestry, the term "Negro" has been widely considered an ethnic slur in English-speaking countries.[3]


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  1. ^ African-Institute - Sudan
  2. ^ Lucas, Fielding. "A General Atlas Containing Distinct Maps Of all the Known Countries in the World, Constructed from the Latest Authority. Written and Engraved by Jos. Perkins, Philadelphia. Baltimore". Fielding Lucas, Jun. No. 138, Market Street. Baltimore. Entered ... by F. Lucas Jr. of the State of Maryland June 3, 1823. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  3. ^ The Name "Negro": Its Origin and Evil Use