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South Africa at the start of British Rule

Title
South Africa delineated from various documents By A. Arrowsmith.
Author
ARROWSMITH, Aaron.
Publisher
London, Published by A. Arrowsmith, Hydrographer to H.R.H. Prince of Wales 10 Soho Square,
Publication date
10th March 1815.
Dimensions
630 by 970mm (24.75 by 38.25 inches).
Price
SOLD
Reference
1084

Description

Engraved map, fine original outline hand-colour, inset of Delagoa Bay.

Notes

Large map of the Cape Colony.

Arrowsmith published the map at around the time that British sovereignty over the Cape Colony was recognized at the Congress of Vienna. The British had been in control of the colony since 1795, when they took over from the Dutch to prevent it from falling into the hands of Napoleonic France; it was briefly relinquished to the Dutch in 1803, before the British regained control in 1806.

The map is based, not surprisingly, upon contemporary Dutch material. Although the British had been in control for the previous 20 years, there had been little interest taken in the colony, beyond its use as an important strategic port from which to base operations during the Napoleonic wars. Wholly British maps of the Cape and South Africa would not be published for another 19 years, most notably by Aaron's son Samuel, with his 'Map of the Cape of Good Hope' in 1834 and S.D.U.K.'s map of South Africa in the same year.

Bibliography

Not in Norwich; BLMC Maps 67030.(4.).