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West and West-Central Africa, c.1660
West and West-Central Africa were the regions that supplied the majority of the slaves taken across the Atlantic Ocean in all periods of the transatlantic slave trade. The image is of a map produced by Joan Blaeu in 1662. It shows the Atlantic coast of Africa stretching from Senegambia to Angola in West-Central Africa. This map was an important source of information for many cartographers and writers trying to better understand the continent and even today it offers important information for historians of Africa. The image is reproduced courtesy of Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library. Permission required to reproduce.
Joan Blaeu, [Atlas major] Geographia, quae est Cosmographia Blaviana . . . (Amsterdam, 1662), vol. 9, between pp. 101 and 102.
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