Cercles and districts were administrative units in French colonial Africa. I am looking for GIS data on their boundaries. Hints on where to find adequate digitizable historic maps on those administrative regions are also welcome.

  • Have you found it ? My suggest to you is to contact the university either in Geography or History department that they may be able to help you out...
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 13:57
  • I have not found it so far. The common geography or history department does not hold what I am looking for. However, there should be digitizable historic maps in some central archives around the world.
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    Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 14:39
  • Are you seeking historical old maps that had the French Colonial Cercles , correct ?
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 13:18
  • I prefer GIS data of French colonial cercles. But as such data is apparently not available, I am also looking for historical maps which I could digitize.
    – user
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 13:25

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Not sure if you have google around but yeah it's hard to find..




My suggest you to find any universitites in France that might have these what you are looking for either in GIS data or historical scanned maps...

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