PRE COLONIAL WESTERN AFRICA. Shows Mountains of Kong. Tribes. WELLER 1863 map
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PRE COLONIAL WESTERN AFRICA. Shows Mountains of Kong. Tribes. WELLER 1863 map

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TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'Western Africa'

The map shows the tribal regions of pre-colonial Africa. Lagos is indicated as having been "ceded to the British August 1861". 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.

The top image on the right hand side shows the entire map. To view a close up of the map showing the level of printed detail, please click on the bottom image on the right hand side.

DATE PRINTED: 1863    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 32.0 x 43.5cm, 12.5 x 17 inches (Large)

TYPE: Antique map with original outline colour

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown may have been taken from a different example of this map than that which is offered for sale. The map you will receive is in good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition from that shown in the image.This map was coloured by hand at the time of publication. The colouring used varies slightly between different examples of the map; the colouring applied to the map you receive may differ slightly from that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic map, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Engraved by Edwd. Weller

PROVENANCE: "Cassell's Complete Atlas" (a.k.a. "The Weekly Dispatch Atlas"), Published by Cassell, Petter and Galpin, London [Cassell's Weekly Dispatch Atlas]



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