WEST AFRICA I Explorers' routes Senegal Ashanti Ivory Gold Coast. SDUK 1851 map

WEST AFRICA I Explorers' routes Senegal Ashanti Ivory Gold Coast. SDUK 1851 map Stock Photo

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9875 x 8033 px | 83.6 x 68 cm | 32.9 x 26.8 inches | 300dpi



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WEST AFRICA, I., [Senegal River to Cape St Paul]. 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. The map shows the routes followed by the explorers Caillie, Laing, O'Byrne, Winterbottom, Campbell, Mollien, Beaufort, Dochard, Park & Gray. Marked on this 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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