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Mapping Africa

The Society’s Collections hold over 50,000 items relating to the continent of Africa, including maps, charts and atlases.

For the first time, this image gallery provides high-resolution online access to selected maps featured in the exhibition Rediscovering African Geographies. Follow the simple on screen tool bar to zoom in and out of a map.

The Catalan Atlas of 1375 [1842-53 facsimile] »

The Catalan Atlas of 1375 [1842-53 facsimile] »

Africa south of the equator by G. Cawston, 1889 »

Africa south of the equator by G. Cawston, 1889 »

Africa south of the equator by G. Cawston, 1893 »

Africa south of the equator by G. Cawston, 1893 »

Map of West & South-West coast of Africa, 1884. »

Map of West & South-West coast of Africa, 1884. »

Skeleton map showing trade routes, 1905 »

Skeleton map showing trade routes, 1905 »

Tribal map of Eastern Africa, 1943 »

Tribal map of Eastern Africa, 1943 »

The exhibition and associated Collections access material is supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

If you would like to learn more about the Society’s wider Africa-related holdings, search our online catalogue and visit our Picture Library website, where over 2,000 photographs, maps and other images of the continent can be viewed.

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