"Bocche del Fiume Negro et Isole di Capo Verde", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: Africa - Western
Period: 1692 (circa)
Publication: Corso Geografico Universale
Color: Hand Color
23.8 x 17.8 inches
60.5 x 45.2 cm
This is a splendid map of the northwestern coast of Africa and the Cape Verde Islands. The map provides details of the various Portuguese discoveries in the region in the late 15th century. The Portuguese maintained a trade monopoly in Africa until the middle of the 16th century when it was challenged by the other European powers. Inset at top, in a wreath-style cartouche, is a plan of the island of Goree, the first and for most of the 17th century the most important slave depot in West Africa. At bottom is a large title cartouche with putti and a coat of arms.
Small bottom margin as issued, else very fine.