Map Details      Question or Comment about this Map?
Number: 2289
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Lake Faguibine, Lake Debo, Niger River, Timbuktu, Timbuctu, Mali
Year of Origin: 1895
Title: Carte de la region de Tombouctou au 1/500,000.e Dressee par Mr. le Lieutenant Vaisseau Hourst, Commandant la Flottile du Niger et Mr. le Lieutenant Bluzet de l'Infanterie de Marine d'apres la carte Caron et Lefort, les travaux des officiers de la flottille, les itineraires et renseignements des officiers de la region. Publiee par la Societe de Geographie de Paris en Aout 1895. . .
Language: French
Publish Origin: Paris
Height: 46.0
Width: 55.6
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 500,000
Color Type: Outline Color
Click for high-resolution zoomable image
Cartographer: Emile Auguste Leon Hourst
R. Bluzet
Engraver: Erhard
Publisher: Societe de Geographie de Paris
Other Contributors:
Northernmost Latitude: 17.0
Southernmost Latitude: 15.0
Westernmost Longitude: -7.0
Easternmost Longitude: -4.5
Measurement Notes: on map converted to modern Greenwich coordinates
Notes: from pamphlet book # 2912, 'La Region De TOMBOUCTOU' by Bluzet; [Timbuktu and Environs] published by the French Geographical Society, April 1895; Finely detailed map of the lake region of Faguibine and Tele and Debo, formed by the branching of the Inland Niger River Delta. This rich and mysterious part of Africa was the subject of considerable commercial and exploration interest at the end of the 19th Century. The map was prepared by Lieutenant Hourst, Niger Fleet Commander, and Lieutenant R. Bluzet of the French Marines, to illustrate their report on the region, published for the French Geographical Society. The report provided a detailed overview of the hydrography and the feasibility of French military control over the region, by managing river transportation. The map legend identifies 14 French officers whose work went into the compilation of the contents of the map and shows the location of various geographical features, towns, encampments, permanent settlements and roads, etc. By controlling the river and levying taxes on goods in transit, the French hoped to capitalize on increased trade from the region to Europe. At the time, the French had four miltary companies in the country and the exploitation of economic and tax opportunities as essential to their success.
Last updated: Dec 22, 2021