The Bansa or Residence of the King of Kongo call St. 15in x 10in (380mm x 255mm). This fine original antique print a view of the city of M Banza-Kongo or Sao Salvador in Angola, formerly part of the Kingdom of Kongo in central west Africa was engraved by G Childs for John Ogilbys 1676 edition of An Accurate Description and Complete History of America and Africa based on Olfert Dappers De Nieuwe en Onbekende Wereld.Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color : - off white Age of map color: - Colors used: - General color appearance: - Paper size: - 15in x 10in (380mm x 255mm) Plate size: - 14in x 9 1/2in (360mm x 245mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm). Margins: - Top margin extended from border Plate area: - Folds as issued Verso: - None. Background: M banza-Kongo, known as São Salvador in Portuguese from 1570 to 1975 is the capital of Angolas northwestern Zaire Province. M banza-Kongo was once the home of the Manikongo, the ruler of the Kingdom of Kongo, which at its peak reached from southern Africas Atlantic coast to the Nkisi River.
The Manikongo was chosen by clan leaders to rule some 300 mi2, an area that today is part of several countries. The Portuguese who first reached it in 1491 travelled ten days to get there from the mouth of the Congo River. The name was changed back to City of Kongo (Mbanza Kongo) after Angolan independence in 1975. When the Portuguese arrived in Kongo, Mbanza Kongo was already a large town, perhaps the largest in sub-equatorial Africa, and a 1491 visitor compared its size to the Portuguese town of Évora. During the reign of Afonso I, stone buildings were added, including a palace and several churches.The town grew substantially as the kingdom of Kongo expanded and grew, and an ecclesiastical statement of the 1630s related that 4,000-5,000 baptisms were performed in the city and its immediate hinterland (presumably the valleys that surround it), which is consistent with an overall population of 100,000 people. Of these, perhaps 30,000 lived on the mountain and the remainder in the valleys around the city. Among its important buildings were some twelve churches, including São Salvador, as well as private chapels and oratories and an impressive two-story royal palace, the only such building in all of Kongo, according to visitor Giovanni Francesco da Roma (1648). The city was sacked several times during the civil wars that followed the Battle of Mbwila (or Ulanga) in 1665, and was abandoned in 1678. It was reoccupied in 1705 by Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vitas followers and restored as Kongo\'s capital by King Pedro IV of Kongo in 1709. It was never again depopulated though its population fluctuated substantially during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Olfert Dappers Description of Africa was an ethnographic book which offered a detailed description of the parts of Africa known to Europeans in the mid-seventeenth century. Despite the work being regarded as one of the most important and detailed seventeenth-century publications on Africa, Dapper himself never actually visited the continent. Instead, he relied on the reports of Jesuit missionaries and Dutch explorers. Description of Africa was first published in 1668 by Jacob van Meurs in Amsterdam, with a second Dutch edition appearing in 1676.
In 1670, a German translation of the publication was issued, and in the same year, an English translation, which is generally attributed to John Ogilby. A French edition was published in 1676, although it was not as true to the original as the other translations. Olfert Dapper (1636 - 1689) was a Dutch physician and writer. Despite never travelling outside of the Netherlands, Dapper was a writer of world history and geography.Ogilby is perhaps best known for his series of road-maps entitled the \"Britannia\", which was the first road-atlas of any country, published in 1675. What is an Antique Map. The word Antique in the traditional sense refers to an item that is more than a hundred years old. The majority of antique maps for sale today come from books or atlases and have survived due to the protection offered by the hardback covers. The first thing to determine when staring a collection or purchasing an item, is what is important to you. Most collectors prefer to build their collections around a theme. You may decide to collect maps from one region or country, charting its development through time. Similarly you could collect maps of one particular period in time, by type i. Sea or celestial charts or by cartographer. The collector might also want to consider the theme of cartographical misconceptions such as California as an island or Australia as Terra Australis or the Great Southern Land.
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