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Karte von Africa

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Article ID AF0460
Artist Walch (1757-1815)
Johann Walch ( 1757 in Kempten-Allgäu- 1815 Augsburg ) was a german painter, drawer, printer and publisher. He was the son of Sebastian Walch and married in 1786 the daughter of the printer and publisher Johann Martin Will and worked with his father in law. In 1789 he was able to pruchase the herritage material of the copper printer and publisher Matthäus Seutter und Tobias Conrad Lotter with 208 copper plates and 25000 maps material. With this material he expanded the company into the famous map publishing company called „Joh. Walch’sche Landkarten Handlung“. Later then, it was called "Druckerei Joh. Walch".
Title Karte von Africa
Year ca. 1828
Description Map shows all of Africa with Madagascar, Arabia and partly Europe.
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 Augsburg
Dimensions (cm)18 x 22 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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