Africa Map, 1890

This 1890 map shows the Europeans dividing up the continent mid-Scramble era before completion. Intriguingly, there are still some sections labelled as 'unexplored'. Soudan stretches as a huge swathe across from coast to coast. Central Africa still has yet to be claimed despite the interests of the Europeans keen to discover if any more minerals could be found there. Any interest in minerals in Africa received a huge boost after the discover of gold in South Africa in large quantities in 1885.

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by Stephen Luscombe