South America


1930’s volvelle of South America showing colonial occupation of the continent.

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This spinning geography game, or volvelle, is an example of the imperial geography mindset that persisted in Europe and America during the middle of the 20th century. Spaces for information related to industries, products, and ruling power reveals the public perception of these countries as opportunities for resources and international prestige, rather than recognizing the native inhabitants, local culture, or natural environment. Although these games would have likely reinforced existing perceptions about imperialism for school age children, the fact that multiple governing polities exists shows that global change is on the horizon.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1931

Author: John W. Rossig

Sheet Width (in): 10

Sheet Height (in): 10

Condition: B+

Condition Description: The volvelle is in great condition, with minor soiling and age related wear. The center pin is loose.


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