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Detail from map of Africa produced in Britain around 1626
(Catalogue ref: CO 700 Africa0)
1a 1b 1c 1d 1e 1f
1a   1b   1c   1d   1e   1f
Catalogue ref: CO 700 Africa0; map of Africa, c.1626
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Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in Africa. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • What does the map tell historians about how much British people knew about Africa around the time of 1626?
  • Is the aim of the map to help people to navigate around Africa?
  • Why do you think the artist has put figures around the edge of the map?
  • What information does the map give about the people, places and animals in Africa?
  • Does this give any clues as to who made the map, why they made it, and who it was for?
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