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Rare Map of British Togoland

Finely executed map of the British Mandate of Togoland, published by the War Department, issued shortly before Togoland was formally partitioned between France and Great Britain in the Treaty of Versailles.

The map is published on a scale of 1 : 1,000,000 or 1.014 inches to 16 miles.   The details on the map include:

  • Railroad lines completed and in progress
  • Motor roads completed and under construction
  • Well defined roads and other routes
  • Telegraph lines along roads
  • Telegraph stations
  • Post office
  • Ruins
  • Various borders

Maps of Togoland are very rare on the market.


The colony of Togoland was established at the end of the period of European colonization in Africa, often called the  "Scramble for Africa".  For Togoland, two separate German protectorates were established in 1884.  In 1899, Germany and Great Britain exchanged their colonies in the Samoan Islands for the Northern Solomon Islands and a greater role in controlling Tonga.

Following the end of World War I, French and British troops invaded and took control over the course of a month in August 1914.  In December 1916, Togoland was separated into French and British administrative zones.

Following the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles, on July  201922, Togoland formally became a League of Nations Class B mandate divided into French Togoland and British Togoland. The British area of the former German colony was consolidated into Ghana in 1957. 


OCLC locates 3 examples (American Geographical Society, British Library and University of Cambridge).

Condition Description
Dissected and laid on linen, with original slip case.