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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 an archaic term in European mapping, describing the inland and thinly explored region in West Africa as an area 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.

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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.