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Map of the west coast of Africa

Map of the west coast of Africa

Map of the west coast of Africa
Nigritarum Regio
Various animals are depicted on the land mass, while several East Indiamen are depicted sailing on the sea
Dr Olfert Dapper (1636-1689) published a large number of books after 1663. He wrote a history of the city of Amsterdam and furnished the first Dutch translation of Herodotus. But he is known particularly for his many descriptions of foreign lands which he compiled from various sources, without ever seeing the countries he wrote about for himself. This plate is taken from a description of Africa.
Cf. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, inv. nr. 1049B13_063.

creator Meurs, Jacob van

(engraver / etcher)

Meurs, Jacob van



ca. 1668



category print



Nigritarum Regio Meurs, Jacob van


27 x 37 cm


185 B 11 deel I, na p. 322

owner Koninklijke Bibliotheek
location(s) Luanda Cambamba Loango Annobon São Tomé Principe Elmina Mouri Mount, Cape Arguin Abanzee Accra Komenda Axim Takoradi Benguela
fortification(s) St. George, fort Nassau, fort (Mouri, Ghana)

Map/Chart/Plan   banderole / cartouche / ornamentation   ship / vessel   Person   fauna  


  • Dapper, Olfert, Naukeurige Beschrijvingen der Afrikaensche gewesten: van Egypten, Barbaryen, Libyen, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopië, Abyssinië: (Amsterdam, 1668)
  • Jones, Adam, Decompiling Dapper: A preliminary search for evidence (1990)