The Resource Africa

Africa

Label
Africa
Title
Africa
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Subject
Summary
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving, dating to 1813 by the important English mapmaker John Thomson. It is an early and historically important representation of the continent of Africa. Much of the continent is simply labeled “unknown parts.” Those sections that are known are surprisingly detailed. Caravan routes, temples and even the distances between Oases are generally noted. Across the center of the continent, Thomson details the mythical mountain range known as the “Mountains of the Moon.” The Mountains of the Moon were first postulated by Ptolemy to be the source of the Nile. This mysterious range remained on maps until the mid-19th century explorations of Burton, Speke and Livingstone. Today, it is generally agreed that references to the Mountains of the Moon refer to the Ruwenzori Range of Kenya and Uganda. This mountain range remains one of the most remote and exotic places on Earth and is the home of a diverse mix of bizarre plant and animal life. It is not, as postulated, the source of the Nile, which lies just to the south in Lake Victoria. Neither Lake Victoria nor Lake Tanganyika, which appear in much earlier maps, appear on this map. Thomson's maps are known for their stunning color, awe-inspiring size and magnificent detail. Thomson’s work, including this map, represents some of the finest cartographic art of the 19th century
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Thomson, John
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Label
Africa
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Publication
Control code
BIBLIOBOARD:14192d60-9290-417d-8cdc-ab51a5787aa4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Africa
Publication
Control code
BIBLIOBOARD:14192d60-9290-417d-8cdc-ab51a5787aa4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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