Fascinating German hand-colored engraved map of western central Africa, encompassing the Congo River Basin south to Angola.
Congolese peoples are labelled and divided with hand-color into regions, with little detail shown outside of the coast.
In the area of present-day Zimbabwe, the Manica and Monomotapa regions are delineated. Monomotapa (or, The Kingdom of Mutapa) was an important southern African kingdom that existed until the mid-18th century and is frequently labelled on antiquarian maps.
Johann Christoph Matthias Reinecke (1768-1818) was a German scientist. He worked in a variety of fields, most notably cartography and paleontology. A true polymath, he spoke eight languages and also wrote poems and songs. He produced a variety of maps in his career, including a series for the Geographical Institute in Weimar.