Map of Cape Town


Folding visitor’s map of Cape Town in the era prior to apartheid.

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Since joining the Cape Colony, Natal Colony, Transvaal and Orange River Colony into the Union of South Africa in 1910, the English treated the state along similar lines as the other Commonwealth dominions. It wasn’t until the rise of the National Party in 1948 that institutionalized policies of segregation and white supremacy known as apartheid would become endemic to the region.

This map, published around 1930, showcases Cape Town at a period of intense growth and development in the form of electrification, infrastructure investment, and transportation accessibility. Major locations of interest are numbered alongside a distance table showing the routes to outlying locations in the region. On the verso are advertisements for local attractions and businesses, including Castle Lager, Mobile Oil, the Union Castle Line, and an inset road map of the Cape Peninsula.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1930

Author: Cape Peninsula Publicity Association

Sheet Width (in): 19.75

Sheet Height (in): 25

Condition: A

Condition Description: The map is in excellent shape, with original covers in very good condition.