Early mapping of the Cape of Good Hope: 1500 ̶1900
EARLY MAPPING OF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE: 1500–1900
Dr Roger Ian Stewart, antiquarian
The history of early mapping of the expanding ‘Cape of Good Hope’ (1500–1900) may conveniently be considered in five sequential but overlapping epochs. The wider historical context of these epochs flows from the Age of Sail, through the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution to the Scramble for southern Africa. This course will present the men who did the surveying and mapping, how they did it, what they mapped, what the maps looked like and why, as well as what the maps meant to whom. During the course, a few collectible maps will be identified as landmarks in the development of mapping of the Cape.
1.Mapping from the sea: terra incognita and legend
2.Exploration, expansion and the VOC’s mapping
3.Dead and other reckoning: maps of travelling naturalists
4.Very accurate mapping: time, telescopes and triangles
5.Wars and mapping
*This course will be offered as a series of pre-recorded videos which participants may access at any time between 11 and 30 January on the Microsoft Teams platform. A Q&A channel will be available for interaction with the lecturer. Participants will be sent a link.