1747 Map Of West African Kingdom Of Judah


of Africa was produced sometime in the 1780s. Lodge himself was not a cartographer, but rather an engraver who produced a variety of different works, from- individual maps and pieces commissioned by specific publishers to maps included in inexpensive periodicals such of cartographer Thomas Jefferys, to whom he had apprenticed and who had been appointed Geographer in Ordinary to George III.

but seems to have been one of many variations upon a popular map of Africa that circulated widely among 18th century cartographers. A 1736 map of Africa by cartographer Herman Moll might have been the original upon which all the copies were based, and by 1747 cartographer Emanuel Bowen had released a map of Africa whose distinctive demarcation of appear almost unchanged on subsequent versions of the map. For example, Thomas Kitchin, who had apprenticed under Bowen, released a kingdoms within the continent that Bowen had, and the only differences altered coastline and the addition of colors for the individual indication of the specific context in which Lodge published his version. The map included in this exhibit is uncolored, but a colored Lawrence Ruderman Collection. Unlike Kitchin, who made small changes published, the geography included in it would no longer have been as innovative and up-to-date as when Bowen published his first variation.

Changes in cartographical practice were increasingly inclined towards the omission of information where cartographers were unsure of the contrast, still split Africa into a multitude of individual kingdoms with improbable names in the same manner that Bowen had some thirty years previously. Nor was Lodge the last cartographer to use this map of Africa in American atlases as late as 1818, when the geographical information would have been grossly out of date.


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for more in-depth information.] Of particular interest is the original name of the author Olaudah.

indicates the tribe from which he originated, thus one begins to suspect that he is from the tribe of Juda that were present in West Africa. In 1747 British and French mapmakers charted a recalls: recognised by many observers and commentators as being a lost tribe of Israel. Of the similarities in customs to the laws of Moses he writes: forcibly, namely, the strong analogy which even by this sketch, imperfect as it is, appears to prevail in the manners and customs of my countrymen and those of the Jews, before they reached the Land of Promise, and particularly the patriarchs while they were yet in that these similarities are found in their religious practices. Equiano


Within this context, this particular map of Africa, in all its variations, can be seen less as an attempt to present the most contemporary picture of African geography than to bring a rough idea of Africa to a wider population. The fact that Lodge, with his background in less expensive prints, was reproducing this map, indicates that its purpose was to appeal to people on a lower socioeconomic level than the elites and scientists who generally sought out the latest geographic renderings of foreign locations. This compared to earlier versions.

The lack of color and plain cartouche on the map in this exhibit are alterations usually related to the cost apprise readers of the latest trends in scientific cartography. Rather, they display the growth of interest in foreign exploration amongst all levels of society, and not just intellectual elites, as well as the role of low-cost maps in familiarizing the public with contemporary British perceptions of Africa.


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