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Gulf Of Guinea Collection

The Gulf of Guinea, a captivating region in Africa, holds a rich history and breathtaking landscapes

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse. Image 2 of 3. This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse
^B1919 solar eclipse. Image 1 of 3.^b This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: 1919 solar eclipse

1919 solar eclipse
^B1919 solar eclipse. Image 3 of 3.^b This set of images, taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einsteins theory of general relativity

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Africa, Togo, Aneho. Old wooden fishing boat in the harbour of Aneho, a colonial town

Africa, Togo, Aneho. Old wooden fishing boat in the harbour of Aneho, a colonial town by the Atlantic ocean, the beach with palm trees

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Africa, Benin, Grand Popo, coloured fishing boats on the sandy beach

Africa, Benin, Grand Popo, coloured fishing boats on the sandy beach

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Her Majestys Paddle-Wheel-Steamer Investigator, intended for Lagos Settlement

Her Majestys Paddle-Wheel-Steamer Investigator, intended for Lagos Settlement, Gulf of Guinea (engraving)
1620202 Her Majestys Paddle-Wheel-Steamer Investigator, intended for Lagos Settlement, Gulf of Guinea (engraving) by Weedon

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: From far away Dahomey (b / w photo)

From far away Dahomey (b / w photo)
958622 From far away Dahomey (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: From far away Dahomey)

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Sao Tome girl

Sao Tome girl
Trevor Cole

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Sunrise along the southern coast of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea

Sunrise along the southern coast of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea
Sunrise along the southern coast of Bioko Island; Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Earth showing landcover over Africa

Earth showing landcover over Africa

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: MAP OF WEST AFRICA, c1547. From the Vallard Atlas; the map, drawn upside-down

MAP OF WEST AFRICA, c1547. From the Vallard Atlas; the map, drawn upside-down as if viewed from Europe, depicts the trading fortress of Sao Jorge da Mina on the African Gold Coast

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Nigeria, Relief Map With Border and Mask

Nigeria, Relief Map With Border and Mask
Relief map of Nigeria (with border and mask). This image was compiled from data acquired by landsat 5 & 7 satellites combined with elevation data

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Cameroon, Relief Map With Border and Mask

Cameroon, Relief Map With Border and Mask
Relief map of Cameroon (with border and mask). This image was compiled from data acquired by landsat 5 & 7 satellites combined with elevation data

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: Benin, Relief Map With Border and Mask

Benin, Relief Map With Border and Mask
Relief map of Benin (with border and mask). This image was compiled from data acquired by landsat 5 & 7 satellites combined with elevation data

Background imageGulf Of Guinea Collection: WEST AFRICAN MAP, 1606. Jodocus Hondiuss 1606 map of the West African coast from Senegal to Cape

WEST AFRICAN MAP, 1606. Jodocus Hondiuss 1606 map of the West African coast from Senegal to Cape Lopez on the Gulf of Guinea


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The Gulf of Guinea, a captivating region in Africa, holds a rich history and breathtaking landscapes. From the remarkable 1919 solar eclipse to the colonial town of Aneho in Togo, this area is filled with wonders waiting to be explored. In 1919, the Gulf of Guinea witnessed an awe-inspiring solar eclipse that left spectators in awe. The sky darkened as the moon passed between the sun and Earth, creating a moment of celestial beauty that will forever be etched in memory. Speaking of Aneho, this colonial town nestled along the coast boasts an old wooden fishing boat harbored within its shores. Its weathered exterior tells tales of countless voyages and echoes the traditions passed down through generations. Not far from Aneho lies Grand Popo in Benin, where vibrant colored fishing boats adorn its sandy beach. Against the backdrop of azure waters and golden sand, these boats create a picturesque scene that showcases both nature's beauty and human craftsmanship. Delving into history reveals an intriguing engraving titled "A New and Exact Map of Guinea" published back in 1705. This black-and-white photo takes us on a journey through time while providing insights into how this region was perceived centuries ago. Transportation played a vital role in shaping life around the Gulf of Guinea. Her Majesty's Paddle-Wheel-Steamer Investigator was once intended for Lagos Settlement—a testament to maritime exploration during those times—an engraving that reminds us how crucial sea travel was for connecting communities across vast distances. From afar comes Dahomey—captured beautifully in another black-and-white photograph—which offers glimpses into distant lands beyond our reach. These images evoke curiosity about cultures yet undiscovered and ignite wanderlust within our souls. Amidst all these fascinating sights are also portraits capturing everyday life; one such image features a Sao Tome girl radiating warmth with her smile—a reminder that amidst historical landmarks lie stories of ordinary people who shape the fabric of this region.