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Number: 1264
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Monrovia, Liberia, Musardu
Year of Origin: 1869
Title: Map of a Journey to Musardu the Capital of the Western Mandingoes
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Language: English
Publish Origin: New York
Height: 34.5
Width: 30.0
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 63,360
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Benjamin Anderson
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Publisher: S. W. Green
Other Contributors: Edward W. Blyden
Northernmost Latitude: 11.0
Southernmost Latitude: 4.0
Westernmost Longitude: -12.0
Easternmost Longitude: -6.0
Notes: From book #2132 "Narrative of a Journey to Musardu, the Capital of the Western Mandingoes" First Edition 1870; Account of the journey to the fabled town of Musadu, by Benjamin Anderson, a Baltimore-born African-American explorer and cartographer who served as both Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of the Interior of Liberia, and who as an explorer and politician was instrumental in that nation establishing a greater presence in the interior of Africa. This book is often bound With an appendix 14pp by: Edward W. Blyden, 14pp and a folding facsimile letter in Arabic. Blyden was a St. Thomas-born Liberian statesman and educator. When Blyden was rejected from a theological college in the United States because of his race he emigrated to Liberia in 1847, where he eventually served as Secretary of State from 1864-66. From 1871 to 1873 Blyden lived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he edited Negro, the first explicitly pan-African journal in West Africa. He also led two important expeditions to Fouta Djallon in the interior. In 1885 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Liberian presidency. He later was the Liberian ambassador to Britain and France, and still later served as President of Liberia College.
Last updated: May 31, 2009