By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 22, 2021) – In Issue 2021-183 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate a hard fought independence.


The Sudanese Republic, also known as the French Sudan, became an independent country on September 22, 1960.

Now known as the Republic of Mali, the country’s motto is “one people, one goal, one faith.”  The 3 vertical stripes on the flag – green, yellow, and red – stand for the fertility of the land, the mineral wealth and natural resources, and the blood shed to gain independence.

Although local celebrations will be held all throughout the country on this important holiday, the place to be for what is the “best celebration of the year” is Ouelessebougou.  It is the only place where representatives from 44 villages meet and perform together.  Singing, dancing and black magic powers are on display all day long in the soccer stadium there.

Mali, a land-locked western African country doesn’t show up in this 1822 Woodbridge map of the continent.   Much of the interior is blank, reflecting lack of explorations into Africa’s interior by Europeans.

Continent of Africa -1822 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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