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Number: 3815
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Brava, Barawa, Barawe, Baraawe, Somalia
Year of Origin: 1914
Title: (Africa Orientale - Benadir) Ancoraggio di Brava. Rilievi eseguiti dalle R. Navi "Staffetta" Comandante Salazar, Capitano di Vascello ? 1911.
Sub-Title: No 328
Language: Italian
Publish Origin: Genoa
Height: 61.0
Width: 49.0
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 10,000
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Comandante E. Salazar
Engraver:
Publisher: M. Giavotto
Hydrographic Office of the Italian Navy
Real Istituto Idrografico
Ufficio Idrografico Della Regia Marina
Other Contributors:
Northernmost Latitude: 1.12
Southernmost Latitude: 1.11
Westernmost Longitude: 44.0
Easternmost Longitude: 44.05
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: [ Dasa Pahor, Alex Johnson source] Zincograph, with minor hydrographic corrections in red ink; This very rare sea chart depicts the key port of Barawe, and the nearby waters. Barawe had since the 17th century been part of the Geledi Sultanate, which was dissolved in 1910, when its lands were transferred to Italian sovereignty. Importantly, while the chart features a wealth of hydrographic information, it greater interest perhaps lies in its detailed depiction of the town, demarcating all of its key sites, such as the 'Residenza' (government headquarters), the 'Campo Ascari' (military base) and the 'Moschea Bagdad' (Baghdad Mosque). Indeed, the chart is one of only very few good early maps of major Somalia provincial centre. The present chart was made by teams working under Commander Salazar of the Italian Navy in 1911, executed only a year after Brawe was transferred to Italian control, making it the first scientific survey of the area. This chart is very rare, we cannot trace the current whereabouts of another example; however, some examples surely exits in some difficult-to-access Italian state archives. However, a different, but somewhat similar chart of Ancoraggio di Brava is preserved at the Archivio di Stato di Genova. References: Carlo TRAVERSI, Storia della cartografia coloniale italiana (1964), p. 49; Annali Idrografici raccolta di documenti e notizie circa l?Idrografia e la Navigazione (1913), p. 260. Cf. (different, but simalar chart:) Archivio di Stato di Genova: 278/H.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2020