Old Map of Northern Africa by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Tunis, Algiers, Constantine, Atlas Mountains, Sahara
Old Map of Northern Africa by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Tunis, Algiers, Constantine, Atlas Mountains, Sahara
Old Map of Northern Africa by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Tunis, Algiers, Constantine, Atlas Mountains, Sahara
Old Map of Northern Africa by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Tunis, Algiers, Constantine, Atlas Mountains, Sahara

Old Map of Northern Africa by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Tunis, Algiers, Constantine, Atlas Mountains, Sahara

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This 1851 map of Northern Africa, originally published by Tallis & Rapkin, is a detailed political and physical map that provides a comprehensive overview of the region. The map encompasses a vast area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Red Sea in the east, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Sahara Desert in the south. It offers a wealth of information, including the locations of cities, towns, rivers, mountains, and other geographical features, as well as historical and cultural details.

One of the striking features of this map is the intricate level of detail with which it depicts the region's topography. The Atlas Mountains, a prominent mountain range that stretches across North Africa, are clearly delineated, with their peaks and valleys carefully rendered. The Sahara Desert, the world's largest hot desert, is also depicted in great detail, with its vast expanse of sand dunes and rocky plateaus vividly captured. The Nile River, the lifeblood of Egypt and Sudan, is prominently featured, with its winding course traced from its source in Central Africa to its delta on the Mediterranean coast.

In addition to its geographical accuracy, the map also provides a wealth of historical and cultural information. The borders of the various countries in the region are clearly marked, reflecting the political landscape of the mid-19th century. The map also includes vignettes of indigenous scenes, people, and architecture, providing a glimpse into the diverse cultures and traditions of North Africa. These vignettes, which depict scenes from Morocco, Constantine, Tunis, Algiers, and Mogador, add a touch of charm and authenticity to the map.

The map's decorative style is also noteworthy. The use of vibrant colors and intricate borders adds to its aesthetic appeal, making it a visually pleasing addition to any collection. The map's title, "Northern Africa," is prominently displayed at the top, and the scale and orientation are clearly indicated, ensuring ease of use.

Overall, this map is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history, geography, and culture of North Africa. Its detailed and accurate depiction of the region, combined with its decorative style and historical vignettes, makes it a fascinating and informative piece of cartographic art.

Towns and Cities

  • Tunis (modern-day population: 1,056,247)
  • Algiers (modern-day population: 2,468,000)
  • Constantine (modern-day population: 448,374)
  • Oran (modern-day population: 609,940)
  • Fez (modern-day population: 1,112,072)
  • Marrakesh (modern-day population: 928,850)
  • Mogador (modern-day population: 73,208)
  • Tangier (modern-day population: 947,952)
  • Rabat (modern-day population: 577,827)
  • Meknes (modern-day population: 632,079)
  • Tlemcen (modern-day population: 140,158)
  • Béjaïa (modern-day population: 177,988)
  • Annaba (modern-day population: 244,031)
  • Biskra (modern-day population: 205,606)
  • Gafsa (modern-day population: 110,074)
  • Sfax (modern-day population: 277,245)
  • Kairouan (modern-day population: 186,833)
  • Gabès (modern-day population: 127,556)
  • Tozeur (modern-day population: 37,331)
  • Nefta (modern-day population: 21,641)
  • Douz (modern-day population: 30,854)
  • Tataouine (modern-day population: 69,072)
  • Ghardaïa (modern-day population: 166,216)
  • Laghouat (modern-day population: 144,742)
  • Tamanrasset (modern-day population: 76,318)
  • In Salah (modern-day population: 50,319)
  • Adrar (modern-day population: 65,835)
  • Tindouf (modern-day population: 58,193)

Geographical Features and Natural Landmarks

  • Atlas Mountains
  • Sahara Desert
  • Nile River
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Red Sea

Historical Events

  • First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842)
  • Opium Wars (1839-1842, 1856-1860)
  • Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
  • Revolutions of 1848
  • Crimean War (1853-1856)

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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.

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