In 1963 and early 1964 while
on a sabbatical leave from the Geography Department
of the University of Maryland I worked in East Africa
on the study of
indigenous land use and settlement as viewed from the
air. Locally rented light aircraft provided the platform.
The areas flown over and
photographed include most settled areas of Uganda;
Kenya south of Lake Baringo in the west and Isiolo
in the east; much of central, southwest and north east
Tanzania. The mass of photographic
information was overwhelming. After several years of
frustration with the material I gave up and went on
to other matters.
Several years ago stimulated
by discussions with Gustaaf Verswijver of the Royal
Museum for Central Africa in Belgium I recognized the
value of the information as a historical record.
A photographic catalog showing rural settlements
and crops in field for Uganda was compiled. One for
Tanzania is underway.
Uganda catalog has been scanned and put on CDs. The
photographs presented here have been taken from the
CDs of the catalog and reduced to 70-100 dots per inch
for web use.
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