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Number: 3676
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Ghana, Togo
Year of Origin: 1905
Title: TOPOGRAPHICAL SECTION, GENERAL STAFF (WAR OFFICE). Gold Coast (Provisional) Sheet 73-E.
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Language: English
Publish Origin: Southhampton
Height: 73.5
Width: 59.5
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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 on thick paper; This extremely rare large format map sheet depicts the critical lower stretch of the boundary between the British Gold Coast and German Togoland, pursuant to the first exacting scientific survey of that frontier made in 1902. It was commissioned and published for the Topographical Section of the War Office and depicts the Gold Coast-Togoland line running from the coast at Lom?up roughly north-westwards towards the Volta River. While the Berlin Conference (1885) formally awarded the territory of the Gold Coast to Britain and Togoland (modern Togo) to Germany, the boundaries between the two colonies in most areas remained ambiguous. This was not cleared up until the execution of the 1902 survey; the present map sheet is one of the first maps to correctly demarcate the most important stretch of the boundary. While a map sheet, intended to connect to other sheets, the present work was separately issued as a stand-alone publication. The present map sheet is extremely rare; we have not been able to trace another example. However, it is very similar to another rare map sheet held by the British Library, Map of the frontier between Gold Coast and Togoland by the Boundary Commission 1902 (London: War Office, 1905). References: N / A ? no reference to this map sheet cited. Cf. (For a similar map sheet fro the same survey:) British Library: Cartographic Items Maps 65350.(2.) / OCLC: 557569701.
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