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Antique Map of Southern Africa



Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior...
Map Maker: Jan Jansson
Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1636
Coloring: Hand Colored


Map of Southern Africa shortly before the first Dutch settlement in the region. The area shown is from the Congo River basin around the Cape of Good Hope and up the east coast as far as northern present-day Mozambique. Many coastal names shown, including Mozambique Island which was an important stop over for ships sailing to India and points east. To the north, one of the Ptolemaic lakes thought to be the source of the Nile is shown. Information on the interior is sparse, reflecting the lack of knowledge the Europeans had about the interior of Africa.



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