|This extract from an early-17th-century map of Africa shows the
area along the west coast with which John Hawkins had begun to trade
almost a century earlier.
In Hawkins' day, mapping of Africa was still in its infancy.
This remarkably detailed map, with its occasional commentary on the
habits and wealth of its inhabitants - such as 'The King of
this Country is adored of the common people' - is the earliest
map of Africa held in The National Archives.
CO 700/Africa0 (?1626)