Carta Generale dell Africa

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Article ID AF0370


Carta Generale dell Africa


Decorative map of the continent of Africa with the Atlantic islands such as Cap Verde and St. Helena in the west and the Indian ocean islands such as Madagascar and the Maledives in the east.


ca. 1740


Albrizzi (1698-1777)

The Italian Giovanni Battista (Giovambattista) Albrizzi took inspiration for his best-known atlas - the Nieuwe En Beknopte Isaak Tirion from the dutch and french mapmakers, translated them into Italian and published it in Venice. Albrizzi was also responsible for publishing an edition of Guillaume De L'Isle's atlas named: Atlante Novissimo.

Historical Description

According to the "Out-of-Africa theory", Africa is considered the "cradle of mankind", where homo development led to the development of the anatomically modern human Homo sapiens. One of the earliest advanced civilizations in mankind was formed in ancient Egypt. Over the millennia, various "great empires" such as the Empire of Abyssinia emerged on the continent. There were other kingdoms in West Africa, such as the Ashanti and Haussa, but they emerged much later. There were also some important cultures in East and South Africa, as in the area of today's Sudan, then called Nubia or Kush. Nubian pharaohs ruled all of Egypt for a dynasty. For example, the inhabitants of Greater Zimbabwe were important cultures in southern Africa. This stone castle was architecturally a masterpiece at that time and important for trade between the peoples of the south and east. The Swahili were known in East Africa. North Africa was connected to Europe and the Near East by the Mediterranean rather than separated. Carthage, a foundation of the Phoenicians in what is now Tunisia, was around the middle of the 1st millennium BC. The dominant power in the western Mediterranean until it was replaced by Rome in the Punic Wars. This prevailed from 30 BC. BC (conquest of Egypt) over all of North Africa. Even the ancient Egyptians (Queen Hatshepsut) made trips to Punt, probably in what is now Somalia. The kingdom of the Queen of Sheba, which probably had its center in southern Arabia, is said to have spanned parts of the Horn from Africa to the north of Ethiopia.

Place of Publication Venice
Dimensions (cm)33 x 43
ConditionSome folds, left lower margin replaced
TechniqueCopper print


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