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Number: 3675
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Ghana,
Year of Origin: 1906
Title: TOPOGRAPHICAL SECTION, GENERAL STAFF (WAR OFFICE). Gold Coast / Northern Territories.
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Language: English
Publish Origin: Southhampton
Height: 52.5
Width: 42.5
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Size Class.: Medium
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Publisher: British Intelligence Division War Office
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Notes: [PENDING PAHOR, COMMONWEALTH] Heliozincograph in colour ; This fascinating and important map is one of the earliest broadly accurate and detailed general maps of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast, prepared from reconnaissance missions under the auspices of the Topographical Section of the War Office in 1905, and printed the following year. The Northern Territories were the inland ?frontier? of the Gold Coast that only fell under British auspices in 1902. The region reached to the boundaries of what is today Burkina Faso, and while the main areas of settlement and transportation corridors are shown with some detail, the map reveals that much of the region had not yet been charted, or even visited by Europeans; there are many blank spaces and rivers that have not been followed are shown by conjectural intermittent lines. Indeed, the ?Note? in the lower left corner reads: ?With the exception of the International Boundary Surveys no part of the country included in this sheet has been accurately surveyed and the positions of the villages, rivers & hills are only approximate.? That being said, the map represents a great epistemological leap forward from that which was available only a few years before. The map features numerous intriguing notes concerning the quality of the land. The ?Reference?, in the lower left margin, provides the symbols used for identifying tracks, both major and minor; telegraph lines and stations; post offices; boundary lines; river rapids; as well as ruins. The present map is very rare; we can locate examples in 5 institutions: British Library; Oxford University ? Bodleian Library; National Library of Scotland; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg). References: OCLC: 497573162.
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