Thrilled to be a part of this group and desperately want to learn how to create maps. As a professional historian, I've spent much of my life studying maps and working from them in my research, mostly maps from Africa dating from the late 15th to early 20th centuries. I've had professional cartographers/artists create maps for me for books. I love the artistic stuff and what I see here is incredibly creative and beautiful. Right now I want to map a little gravesite for a book coming out, for my next project a small slave trading fort in West Africa, and in the not too distant future a palace in Central Africa. I joined on June 9th but just got started last night by downloading gimp. I have my work cut out for me! I am so lost I don't know how to get started.