Map of Senegal and Wolof Empire, 1780s


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Image Reference
VILE-map

Source
René Claude Geoffroy de Villeneuve, L'Afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains: le Sénégal (Paris, 1814), vol. 3, before title page. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "Carte d'une partie de la cote d'Afrique, pays des Ouolofs" (map of a section of the coast of Africa, country of the Wolofs); shows extent of the "Wolof Empire" and identifies a variety of places and geographical features (e.g., Goree island, Gambia river). Villeneuve lived in the Senegal region for about two years in the mid-to-late 1780s. The engravings in his book, he writes, were made from drawings that were mostly done on the spot during his African residence (vol. 1, pp. v-vi). The same illustration appears in color in the English translation of Villeneuve; see Frederic Shoberl (ed.), Africa; containing a description of the manners and customs, with some historical particulars of the Moors of the Zahara . . . (London, 1821), vol. 2, facing p. 1.