Tractus Littorales Guineae a Promontorio Verde usque ad Sinum Catenbelae


Beautiful sea chart of the west African coastline with gold highlights.

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This attractive map of the African coastline covers the continent from Cape Blanco to the Longo River in modern day Angola. Place names and geographic features are confined strictly to the coastlines, with the exception of navigable rivers. Water hazards, depth soundings, and islands are also indicated where applicable.

The theme of maritime commerce is reinforced with rhumb lines, two compasses roses, three sailing ships and the decorative cartouche. This last includes a scene showing Dutch traders bargaining for manacled slaves with local tribal chieftains. A furnace smelting what is presumably gold can be seen in the background.

The chart is emblematic of the late 17th century European perspective of Africa as a source for cheap labor and raw materials, and little else. The map was published by Frederick de Wit in Amsterdam around 1680 for inclusion in his Orbis Maritimus often Zee Atlas.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1680

Author: Frederick de Wit

Sheet Width (in): 23.30

Sheet Height (in): 21.00

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Minor creasing along the vertical centerfold and a bit of wear and discoloration visible in the margins. Features fine hand color with gold highlights in the cartouche.


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