Map of Africa, 1688

Map of Africa, 1688

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Caption: Map of Africa. 17th-century map of the continent of Africa, produced in Amsterdam in 1688 by Dutch cartographer Frederick de Wit (c.1629-1706). The map is titled in Latin at bottom left: 'Totius Africae accuratissima tabula'. Ethnographic illustrations of indigenous peoples and animals adorn the title. 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 named 'Oceanus Aethiopicus' (Ethiopian Ocean). The Indian Ocean is named 'Oceanus Orientalis' (the Eastern Ocean).

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