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Number: 2076
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Liberia
Year of Origin: 1853
Title: [Republic of Liberia]..
Sub-Title: [6 inset maps] Monrovia and Cape Mesurado; Junk River and Marshall; Edina River and Grand Bassa; Cestos; Sangwin River; Sinou
Language: English
Publish Origin: Baltimore
Height: 68.0
Width: 104.5
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Large
Scale: 1 : 491,150
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Willliam Side
Commander William Francis Lynch
A. Hoen
Publisher: United States Congress
Other Contributors:
Northernmost Latitude: 7.6
Southernmost Latitude: 4.5
Westernmost Longitude: -12.65
Easternmost Longitude: -7.85
Measurement Notes: on map
Notes: see source booklet #3735, US Senate document Serial 693 Ex. Document No. 1, 33rd Congress, 1st Session; very fragile paper [duplicate copy rolled on linen after conservation procedure]; shows topography in relief along the shoreline, with soundings in fathoms. It locates numerous town, villages and factories, and labels the island divided into plots of land extending to the interior from the coast, with dates of acquisition. The coverage area extends from Sherbro Island to the Trehn River, including Mammy Town, King Jim's, Cassa Country, Kentucky, Louisiana, Turner's Peninsula, Solyman, Fisherman's Lake, Cape Mount, Twa County, St. John River, Prince's Town, Garraway, and more. * There are six insets: [1] Monrovia and Cape Musurado, [2] Junk River and Marshall, [3] Edina and Grand Bassa, [4] Cestos, [5] Sangwin River, and [6] Sinou. * Details on the first three insets include the location of the houses of agents of the American Colonization Society. * The map was drawn under the superintendence of United States Navy Commander William Francis Lynch, at the office of William Sides, Baltimore. Sides was a surveyor who worked with the lithographer A. Hoen. * The map was published by the United States Senate during the 1st session of the 33rd Congress, Washington, D.C., 1853. * It offers a fascinating depiction of the geography of Liberia three decades after its establishment as a colony for former African-American slaves and their free black descendants. Six years before this map was printed, Liberia had declared its independence. It is not only an original, authentic antique map but also a scarce document in the history of this west African nation. Condition: This map is printed on a soft, lightweight paper, typical of government publications of the mid-19th century and rebacked. It is complete and intact; It is blank on the back, with no printing on the reverse side. ; Rare map of the Republic of Liberia, drawn by Commander William Francis Lynch for the United States Navy. The map offers a meticulous accounting of the setlements and villages created by the formation of Liberia through the resettlement of American Freed Slaves among the local populations during the period from the early 1820s to the middle of the Century. It also provides a comprehensive look at the various regions and "counties" which over the years were assembled to create the Republic of Liberia, including: Kittam / Cassa Country (Purchased May 1852) Mesurado County Bassaco County (acquired in sections between 1836 and 1849) Sinou Country (acquired in sections between 1836 and 1846) Grand Sesters Territory (Ceded to Liberia in June 1949) The map notes that it was "Drawn under the superintendence of Com. Lynch, U.S.N., at Wm. Sides Office, Balt."
Last updated: Apr 9, 2020