Map of Africa, 1844

Map of Africa, 1844

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Caption: Map of Africa. 19th-century map of the continent of Africa, published in 1844 by US cartographer Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858). The coast and inland regions of Africa and major rivers were mapped, but large areas of the interior (white areas in central Africa and the Sahara) remained unknown until the second half of the 19th century. By the 1840s, the continent had begun to be divided up by European powers (colonies and territories listed at top right). Liberia (founded by US colonists in 1822) is shown in inset at bottom left with a further inset of its capital Monrovia. Published in 'A New Universal Atlas' (Philadelphia, 1844).

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