Map of the west coast of Africa, 1842


This map shows the west coast of Africa in 1842. You can see Sierra Leone and Freetown, where the West India Regiments would have arrived and departed from. The territory called the Gold Coast (today known as Ghana) has been shaded in to distinguish it from the other areas. Two colours are present, one for the territory labelled 'Ashantee', and one for the rest of the Gold Coast.

Important areas to look out for on the map are, Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, which were important to the British. Elmina was also claimed by the Ashanti; its coastal location and importance for trade was the main reason for this claim. The capital of Ashanti, Kumasi, can also be seen; it is spelt 'Komassi' on this map. This is the town that the British troops arrived at on 4 February 1874, signalling their victory in the war. The map demonstrates that the Ashanti Kingdom was bordered by British-claimed territory on all sides. This would have been an important reason for the British to try and expand into their territory.

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Map of the west coast of Africa, comprising Guinea, and the British possessions at Sierra Leone, on the Gambia and the Gold Coast, together with the countries within the courses of the Rivers Senegal
1842, London
John Arrowsmith
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British Library
Maps 64640.(13.)

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