Old Map of Guinea by Visscher, 1690: Gold, Slave and Ivory Coast, West Africa, Lomé, Lagos, Abidjan, Niger River
Old Map of Guinea by Visscher, 1690: Gold, Slave and Ivory Coast, West Africa, Lomé, Lagos, Abidjan, Niger River
Old Map of Guinea by Visscher, 1690: Gold, Slave and Ivory Coast, West Africa, Lomé, Lagos, Abidjan, Niger River
Old Map of Guinea by Visscher, 1690: Gold, Slave and Ivory Coast, West Africa, Lomé, Lagos, Abidjan, Niger River

Old Map of Guinea by Visscher, 1690: Gold, Slave and Ivory Coast, West Africa, Lomé, Lagos, Abidjan, Niger River

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history with this exquisite map, titled 'Guinea'. This captivating piece is a testament to the cartographic mastery of Nicolaes Visscher II, a renowned mapmaker from the Dutch Golden Age. Created in 1690, the map meticulously delineates the different regions and political divisions of Guinea, a significant area within modern-day Africa. The translation of the map's full name into English indicates the expansive geographical coverage of this map, providing an intriguing insight into the world as it was known over three centuries ago.

The map features notable cities such as Lomé, Lagos, and Abidjan, each rendered with remarkable precision. The Niger River, a crucial waterway in West Africa, is also depicted, adding to the geographical accuracy and aesthetic appeal of the map. The inclusion of these cities and landmarks not only enriches the visual experience but also offers a fascinating glimpse into the historical and political context of the era.

In addition to its geographical detail, the map is adorned with hand-colored outlines and engraved designs. It showcases administrative boundaries, cities, towns, waterways, canals, landmarks, wildlife, and mountains. Decorative elements such as a title cartouche, compass roses, and rhumb lines further enhance its artistic value. The relief is shown pictorially, adding a sense of depth and realism to the landscape.

This map is more than just a historical artifact; it is a visual narrative that invites exploration and discovery. From the meticulously detailed cities to the beautifully depicted natural phenomena, every element serves to transport the viewer back in time. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a lover of cartography, or simply appreciate the beauty of old maps, this 'Guinea' map by Nicolaes Visscher II is sure to be a captivating addition to your collection.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Gold Coast - Elmina: Founded in 1482 by Portuguese traders, Elmina is known for its historic Elmina Castle, one of the oldest European buildings outside of Europe. - Accra: Established in the 15th century, Accra served as a significant trading hub during the Atlantic slave trade era.

Slave Coast - Lagos: Known as Eko during the 17th century, Lagos was a major center for the slave trade. - Porto-Novo: Founded in the late 16th century, Porto-Novo was a significant port in the transatlantic slave trade.

Ivory Coast - Grand-Bassam: Founded in 1640, Grand-Bassam was a major French colonial capital. - Abidjan: Established as a major trading post around the mid-17th century, Abidjan later became the capital of the French colony.

Pepper Coast - Monrovia: Known as Christopolis during the 17th century, Monrovia was a significant center for the pepper trade.

Sierra Leone - Freetown: Founded in 1652, Freetown served as a refuge for freed African American slaves.

Guinea - Conakry: Established as a small fishing village during the 17th century, Conakry later grew into a major port city.

Senegal - Saint-Louis: Founded in 1659, Saint-Louis was the first French settlement in West Africa. - Dakar: Established in the 15th century, Dakar was a major center for the slave trade.

Gambia - Banjul: Known as Bathurst until 1973, Banjul was founded by the British in the 19th century.

Notable Natural Phenomena - Niger River: One of Africa's major rivers, the Niger River is a significant waterway for transportation and agriculture. - Lake Chad: Once one of the largest lakes in the world, Lake Chad is a critical water source for millions of people in West Africa. - Mount Cameroon: One of Africa's largest volcanoes, Mount Cameroon is a popular destination for hiking and mountaineering. - Cross River National Park: Home to a variety of wildlife, the Cross River National Park is a major tourist attraction. - Fouta Djallon: A highland region in Guinea, Fouta Djallon is known for its stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity.

Notable Historical Events - The Ashanti Empire (1670): The Ashanti Empire was established in what is now Ghana, becoming a significant state in West Africa. - The Dahomey Amazons (17th century): An all-female military regiment was formed in the Kingdom of Dahomey, now modern-day Benin. - The Battle of Mbwila (1665): The Portuguese defeated the Kingdom of Kongo, marking a significant shift in the power dynamics of the region.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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