Attractive copper line engraved map of Africa by Herman Moll. One of the finest and probably most decorative depictions of the continent made in the eighteenth-century. The map shows the fact. That the continent's coastlines were then very well-known, in great contrast to its heart, referred to as "Ethiopia, " a land wholly unknown to the Europeans.While various European explorers had gone some distance up the Senegal, Niger, Nile and Zambezi rivers, the enigmatic nature of the interior would remain largely intact until the third quarter of the nineteenth-century. As indicated by the detailed toponymy of the west African coast, various European powers maintained an active presence there; a pictorial inset in the lower left of the map depicts "Cape Coast Castle, " a major British fortress in modern-day Guinea. The Portuguese controlled trade south of the Congo River on the west coast, and on the eastern coast in the busy trading regions centered on the island of Zanzibar. South Africa was dominated by the Dutch, who founded Cape Town in 1652.
Some creasing and marginal repaired tears. A guaranteed genuine antique map. The item "A LARGE MAP OF AFRICA BY HERMAN MOLL" is in sale since Tuesday, June 26, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\North America Maps".The seller is "sharp340" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.