'The King of this Country is adored of the common people'


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)

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