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Number: 3817
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Dakar, Senegal
Year of Origin: 1912
Title: Cote Ouest d'Afrique - Senegal. Port de Dakar. Plan leve en Novembre 1909 sous la direction de M.le Lieutenant de vaisseau Lebail, commandant le Goeland par MM. les Enseignes de vaisseau Derrien, M?vus, Lancrenon , Michelier et Janssen? 1912.
Sub-Title: 5451
Language: French
Publish Origin: Paris
Height: 65.3
Width: 44.3
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 5,000
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: LEBAIL
Engraver: A. Bizet
Publisher: Service Hydrographic De La Marine
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Northernmost Latitude: 14.75
Southernmost Latitude: 14.65
Westernmost Longitude: -17.5
Easternmost Longitude: -17.4
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: Dasa Pahor, Alex Johnson source; [North/South appears reversed] Autogravure, a few small contemporary manuscript additions added in red pen;This very rare sea chart was made by the French Service Hydrographique de la Marine, and shows the recently redeveloped port of Dakar, one of the seminal transportation nexuses in Africa, as well as providing highly detailed coverage of the downtown of the city. The chart is based upon scientific surveys conducted by the French Navy in 1909, with the chart being published in 1912. The port of Dakar is shown with its large new quays, connected to the railway network, while the urban plan of the new French city follows a rational grid of streets on both sides of the main thoroughfare, the ?Boulevard National?. All streets are labeled, while all major buildings are outlined and named, making the chart one of the finest maps of central Dakar from the period. Dakar, located near the infamous slave-trading island of Gor?, did not come under Gallic influence until 1857, when a French fort was founded. Dakar, in good part due to its excellent natural harbour and good communications with the interior, gradually developed into France?s preferred city in the greater region, and it replaced St. Louis as the capital of French West Africa in 1902. Massive investment and development followed, making Dakar into one of the most modern cities on the entire continent. The present example is the first edition of the chart, of 1912, which was reissued with updates in 1933 and 1955. We cannot trace the current whereabouts of another example of the first edition, although examples of the later editions are held by the Bibliotheque nationale de France. References: Bulletin Mensuel des Recentes Publications Francaises (1913), p. xvi. Cf. (re: the 1933 and 1955 editions:) OCLC: 1105815633 and 1105815614.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2020