Earliest Map of Africa Dates Back to 1554

A one-eyed giant seated over Nigeria and Cameroon, representing the mythical tribe of the “Monoculi”; a dense forest located in today’s Sahara Desert; and an elephant filling southern Africa. These are just some of the interesting features on the first obtainable map of Africa (click to enlarge).

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Münster, Sebastian, 1489-1552. “Totius Africæ tabula, & descriptio uniuersalis, etiam ultra Ptolemæi limites extensa.” Woodcut map, with added color, 26 x 35 cm. From Münster’s Cosmographia uniuersalis (Basel, 1554)

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