British Empire
The rise of the British empire - Africa
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Map of Africa produced in Britain around 1626
(Catalogue ref: CO 700 Africa0)
  • This map shows an image from Africa that would have interested many people in Britain at the time.
  • The features shown on the map tell us a lot about what interested people in Britain. The animals and African peoples fascinated the British.
  • The information on diseases (and the other information) may have been aimed at missionaries, explorers or other travellers.
  • In the map it is not clear how much of Africa is controlled by Britain c.1626. You can look at the Background to this exhibition for more information.
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