Map of Africa, 1640

Map of Africa, 1640

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Caption: Map of Africa. 17th-century map of the continent of Africa, produced by Dutch cartographer Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612). The map is titled in Latin: 'Africae nova tabula'. Much of the coast of Africa was mapped by Portuguese navigators on their voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. Much of the interior was still unknown and incorrectly mapped. The southern Atlantic Ocean is here labelled 'Oceanus Aethiopicus', or the Ethiopian Ocean. The Indian Ocean is named 'Oceanus Orientalis' (the Eastern Ocean). Originally produced in 1619, this 1640 copy of this map was produced in Paris by Hugues Picart and Jean Boisseau.

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