City of Loango, late 17th cent.


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Image Reference
3-215

Source
Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 3, facing p. 215; taken from D. O. Dapper, Description de l'Afrique . . . Traduite du Flamand (Amsterdam,1686; 1st ed., 1668), between pp. 320 and 321. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Shows layout of city with letters marking locations of, for example, king's palace and his wives' residences, royal wine house, royal banquet house, and king's and queen's gardens; prisoners to be executed are shown in lower right -hand corner. See Astley, pp. 215-16 for a description based on Dapper's account. In an informed discussion of Dapper as an historical source, Adam Jones was "unable to discover any source for Dapper's bird's-eye view of the capital of Loango and find it somewhat difficult to believe that this could have been based on an eyewitness sketch." "There is virtually no evidence," Jones writes, that Dapper "took much interest in what sort of visual material was to accompany his text," and that it was the publisher, Van Meurs, "who probably did all the engraving himself" (Decompiling Dapper: A Preliminary Search for Evidence (History in Africa [1990], vol. 17, pp. 187-190).