AFRICA. Map pre-dating much exploration. Mountains of Kong. SDUK 1846 old

AFRICA. Map pre-dating much exploration. Mountains of Kong. SDUK 1846 old Stock Photo

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4876 x 4093 px | 41.3 x 34.7 cm | 16.3 x 13.6 inches | 300dpi

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27 May 2016



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AFRICA. Artist/engraver/cartographer: Engraved by J & C Walker. Provenance: "Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. A new edition, corrected to the present time", published by Charles Knight & Co, 22 Ludgate Street, London [SDUK Atlas]. Type: Antique steel engraved map with original outline hand colouring. Much of Central Africa was unexplored by Europeans in 1846 and is therefore shown as blank on the map. Lake Victoria was first sighted by a European in 1858. The map shows the "supposed source of R. Zaire". Marked on the map are the Mountains of Kong, a non-existent mountain range charted on English maps of Africa from 1798 through the late 1880s. An early map resulting from exploration of the area and showing this west to east mountain range in 1798 was produced by English cartographer James Rennell. The mountains were thought to begin in West Africa near the highland source of the Niger River near Tembakounda in Guinea, then continue east to the also fictitious Central African Mountains of the Moon, thought to be where the White Nile rose. Cartographers stopped including the mountains on maps after French explorer Louis Gustave Binger established that the mountains were fictitious in his 1887-1889 expedition to chart the Niger River from its mouth in the Gulf of Guinea and through Côte d'Ivoire.

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