Universal Atlas

Mapa nº 7. Costa occidental de Sudáfrica y África central

Map No. 7. Western coast of Central and South Africa

Size: 418 x 539 mm.

The map covers the territory that stretches from the coast of the Gulf of Guinea as far as the southern tip of the continent.

Mathematical elements: The north, south, east, tropic of Capricorn and the equator are marked.

Latitude scale: 1 o = 8 mm.

League scale: 1 league = 1 mm.

Four compass roses with 32 radii and a cross to mark the East.

Illustrations: Coat of arms and flag of Portugal, drawings of heads of state, indigenous people and African animals.

This map is similar to one in the 1561 Atlas but shifted to the south-west. It therefore covers less African territory, although it does depict the tip of the continent and does not feature Brazil.
The frames around the map are the same as those in the Atlases of 1567, 1568, 1571, 1572 and 1574.

Ludmila Kildushevskaya
Russian National Library
(Fragment of the Universal Atlas of Diogo Homem commentary volume)

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