Who was Goldsmith?
The Rev. J. Goldsmith was a relatively unknown English mapmaker who was nonetheless involved in the burgeoning English mapmaking field. His map of Africa represents an important time in cartography as the scientific approach, with simplicity and clarity, were the dominant principles of the craft. Yet some aspects of Goldsmith's Africa map are hard to translate into modern knowledge. The Kingdoms of Benin and Ashanti are known, the latter still existing in present-day Ghana (and is now famous for its goldwork). But tribes such as the Jags and Beebe are not widely recognized today. Geographical features such as the Deserts of Baso and the Desert of Coneritan also have no modern equivalents.
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