The World Described: How Europeans Viewed not just Africans, but also Africa, as a Commodity

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Title

The World Described: How Europeans Viewed not just Africans, but also Africa, as a Commodity

Subject

The minds of Europeans during the eighteenth century

Description

This map, part of a larger set titled The World Described, depicts how Africa was seen as a commodity by of Europeans. For example, the western coastline has been divided into zones labelled "Grain," "Ivory," "Gold," and "Slave Coast," which shows that Europeans not only enslaved Africans, but also took over much of Africa itself to exploit for their own gains. Furthermore, this highlights the racial prejudices towards Africans developing throughout the mid-1700's; around the time this was published, Europeans began to believe that they were superior to others because of the nature of their birth. This view permeated western philosophy throughout the eighteenth century, eventually leading to the idea that the European brain was in some way superior to the non-European mind.

Creator

Herman Moll

Source

The World Described, created by Herman Moll

 

Moll, Herman. The World describ'd; or, a new and correct set of maps, by H. Moll. The British Library, https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/the-world-described-by-herman-moll-1708-1720. Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

Publisher

The British Library

Date

1730

Contributor

Nick Masterman-Bellflowers

Relation

Map of the Known World in 1719, From the Perspective of Europeans

Robinson Crusoe

Format

Atlas

Language

English

Type

Map

Identifier

System number: 004959135

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Original Format

Map

Physical Dimensions

Approximately 40 cm x 80 cm

Files

The-World-Described-by-maps_c_46_f_12_sheet6.jpg

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Citation

Herman Moll, “The World Described: How Europeans Viewed not just Africans, but also Africa, as a Commodity,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 18, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/208.

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