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Carte générale de l'afrique divisée en plusieurs royaumes 1825

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The 1825 original map by Eustache Hérisson, titled "Carte générale de l'Afrique divisée en plusieurs royaumes - Tracés des voyages de Cook," is a remarkable piece of cartographic history. This map is not only an artistic representation of the African continent during the early 19th century but also a reflection of the geographical knowledge and colonial perspectives of the time.

Eustache Hérisson, an esteemed French cartographer, was known for his detailed and informative maps. In this particular map, Hérisson provides a comprehensive view of Africa, divided into its various kingdoms and territories as understood by Europeans in 1825. The map is notable for its detailed depiction of political boundaries, major rivers, mountain ranges, and coastal features, all meticulously drawn to provide a clear and informative representation of the continent.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this map is the inclusion of the routes of Captain James Cook's voyages. Although Cook is primarily known for his explorations in the Pacific Ocean, his routes on this map underscore the broader European interest in global exploration and the desire to chart and understand the world’s geography comprehensively. By tracing Cook’s journeys, Hérisson emphasizes the interconnected nature of global exploration during this period.

The map's artistic quality is enhanced by its elegant cartouche, often a decorative element in historical maps, which typically includes the title and other pertinent information. The cartouche in Hérisson’s map is finely detailed, adding an element of visual interest and serving as a testament to the craftsmanship involved in creating such maps.

Hérisson's work reflects the knowledge and assumptions of the early 19th century. The map likely contains inaccuracies and gaps, particularly in the interior regions of Africa, which were less well-known to Europeans at the time. Despite these limitations, the map provides valuable insights into how Europeans viewed and understood Africa, revealing both their curiosity and their colonial ambitions.

During this period, European maps of Africa often combined geographical information with elements of political propaganda. The division of Africa into various kingdoms and territories highlights the European interest in the continent's political landscape, often with an eye towards colonization and exploitation of resources. Hérisson’s map would have served both as a tool for education and exploration, and as a symbol of European intellectual and territorial aspirations.

Geography - Map

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Good condition, traces of folds, traces of scotch

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