A Map of Mashonaland, Matabeliland, Khama’s Country &c.

Large case map showing the territory of the British South Africa Company south of the Zambezi River.

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Description

This is a large, detailed map outlining the operations of the British South Africa Company (BSAC) just a few years after it received a Royal Charter for operations in the area (1889). Land under company control (over 750,000 square miles total, according to text under the title) is noted in pink, as is often with territory administered by or through the British; while Portuguese holdings are green and the South African Republic is brown.

With mineral exploitation as the impetus, the map labels gold mines and gold fields, railroads, roads and telegraph lines. There are also numerous interesting tidbits throughout the image, such as locations of ancient ruins, comments on the quality of soil, and dispositions of local tribes. The territory administered by the BSAC would ultimately become known as the unrecognized state of Rhodesia, after one of the company’s first directors, Cecil Rhodes.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1895

Author: Edwin Stanford

Sheet Width (in): 36.50

Sheet Height (in): 55.20

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Toning evident throughout the sheet, most noticeably along the fold lines. Dissected into forty panels and mounted on linen with original case and publisher's stamp. Very good overall.

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