By Jan Nyssen

The Ethiopia Insight article seems to attract readers and comments on social media.

In the replies, not only maps are being posted out of context; there are also fake maps popping up. I just discovered one, that you may have seen already. This map is often posted on social media as evidence that the Gonder-Tigray border has been on Tekeze since the time of the Abyssinian empire. The map shows numerous flaws. See non-existent “white settlement regions”, “Montevenoso”, “Colonia Vittoria”, railways and encroachment onto Sudan and Djibouti. The map is fake; it was created in 2009.


Source is Ed Thomasten, a believer of Alternate History:

See a full set of “alternate maps” created by Thomasten:

Colleagues fake mappers discuss the creation here: