East Africa. Land of Sunshine
Matthews, Dennis Owen
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This is a rare and stunning 1949 Dennis Owen Mathews pictorial map of East Africa, including modern day Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Uganda. Centered on the Rift Valley, which is colored in a darker green, the map covers from Lake Tanganyika to the Indian Ocean and from the Sudan/Ethiopia border to Ruvuma River. The map is clearly intended to promote East African tourism and give the impression of a playground of wonderful exotic beasts well-connected by a comprehensive transportation network.
The map identifies many of East Africa's great game parks, including the Serengeti, Tsavo, Ngorongoro, Marsabit, and Selous, among others. Noted as well is Lake Victoira, along with its supposed lake monster, Lukwata. Throughout the great beasts of the East African's plains, elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, buffalo, zebras, and antelopes abound. Moreover, much of the regional transport network is illustrated. The road network, complete with 1930s style automobiles, winds its way between cities and Nature Pakrs. It also illustrates several early African railroads, including routes from Nairobi and Arusha (Mout Kilimanjaro) to Mobasa and Tanga, and the Kigoma – Dar es Salaam Route.