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Somalia Collection

Somalia, a land of rich history and vibrant culture, is nestled in the horn of Africa

Background imageSomalia Collection: Africa Political Map

Africa Political Map
Antique illustration of a Africa Political Map from 1893

Background imageSomalia Collection: Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a

Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a stick, front view

Background imageSomalia Collection: Italians in Somalia

Italians in Somalia
East Africa : the Italians rout the British in Somalia

Background imageSomalia Collection: Commander Dundas shooting ostriches on the plains, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving)

Commander Dundas shooting ostriches on the plains, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving)
8631464 Commander Dundas shooting ostriches on the plains, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Victorious tribal Daout warriors, Somalia, Africa. 1885 (engraving)

Victorious tribal Daout warriors, Somalia, Africa. 1885 (engraving)
6947909 Victorious tribal Daout warriors, Somalia, Africa. 1885 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Victorious tribal Daout warriors, Somalia, Africa)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Wreck of Baron von de Decken's steamer, Welf, at rapids at Bardera, Jubba River

Wreck of Baron von de Decken's steamer, Welf, at rapids at Bardera, Jubba River, Somalia 1865 (engraving)
8631466 Wreck of Baron von de Decken's steamer, Welf, at rapids at Bardera, Jubba River, Somalia 1865 (engraving) by English School

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somali people protesting at the arrival of Commander Dundas at Baidoa, Jubba River

Somali people protesting at the arrival of Commander Dundas at Baidoa, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving)
8631465 Somali people protesting at the arrival of Commander Dundas at Baidoa, Jubba River, Somalia (engraving) by English School

Background imageSomalia Collection: Goob Weyn at the mouth of the Jubba River, Somalia (engraving)

Goob Weyn at the mouth of the Jubba River, Somalia (engraving)
8631461 Goob Weyn at the mouth of the Jubba River, Somalia (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Goob Weyn at the mouth of the Jubba River, Somalia)

Background imageSomalia Collection: A Somali camel raid (colour litho)

A Somali camel raid (colour litho)
8672618 A Somali camel raid (colour litho) by Wood, Stanley L. (1866-1928) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Somali camel raid)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Universal Geography: French colonies of East Africa (Madagascar, Reunion, Somalia)

Universal Geography: French colonies of East Africa (Madagascar, Reunion, Somalia), beg of 20th century (lithograph)
DUV4218009 Universal Geography: French colonies of East Africa (Madagascar, Reunion, Somalia), beg of 20th century (lithograph); 9.5x6.5 cm; (add.info)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Persian or Blackhead Persian sheep, Ovis aries. From a specimen in Edinburgh Royal Museum

Persian or Blackhead Persian sheep, Ovis aries. From a specimen in Edinburgh Royal Museum
FLO4988139 Persian or Blackhead Persian sheep, Ovis aries. From a specimen in Edinburgh Royal Museum. Handcoloured steel engraving by Lizars after an illustration by James Stewart from William

Background imageSomalia Collection: A lioness shot in Somaliland (b/w photo)

A lioness shot in Somaliland (b/w photo)
8648508 A lioness shot in Somaliland (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A lioness shot in Somaliland)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Types of SOMALIA - Human Breeds 1895

Types of SOMALIA - Human Breeds 1895
JAB4120383 Types of SOMALIA - Human Breeds 1895; (add.info.: Types of SOMALIA - Human Breeds 1895); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageSomalia Collection: Cotton spinning and reeling.Mogadishu. Somalia. 1885 (engraving)

Cotton spinning and reeling.Mogadishu. Somalia. 1885 (engraving)
6947907 Cotton spinning and reeling.Mogadishu. Somalia. 1885 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cotton spinning and reeling.Mogadishu. Somalia)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Victorious tribal Daout warriors, Somalia, Africa. 1885 (engraving)

Victorious tribal Daout warriors, Somalia, Africa. 1885 (engraving)
6947910 Victorious tribal Daout warriors, Somalia, Africa. 1885 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Somali warriors parading in Mogadishu.Somalia. Design by Y)

Background imageSomalia Collection: French possessions and colonies: french east africa, French Somaliland, (Djibouti today)

French possessions and colonies: french east africa, French Somaliland, (Djibouti today)
ELD4964718 French possessions and colonies: french east africa, French Somaliland, (Djibouti today). End of the 19th century (chromolithograph); Private Collection; Photo © The Holbarn Archive

Background imageSomalia Collection: Cotton spinning and reeling.Mogadishu. Somalia. 1885 (engraving)

Cotton spinning and reeling.Mogadishu. Somalia. 1885 (engraving)
6947908 Cotton spinning and reeling.Mogadishu. Somalia. 1885 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cotton weaving.Mogadishu, Somalia)

Background imageSomalia Collection: De Djibouti a Addis-Abeba; Le Nord-Est Africain, 1914. Creator: Unknown

De Djibouti a Addis-Abeba; Le Nord-Est Africain, 1914. Creator: Unknown
De Djibouti a Addis-Abeba; Le Nord-Est Africain, 1914. From "Grande Geographie Bong Illustree", 1914

Background imageSomalia Collection: Afrique Orientale; Le Nord-Est Africain, 1914. Creator: Unknown

Afrique Orientale; Le Nord-Est Africain, 1914. Creator: Unknown
Afrique Orientale; Le Nord-Est Africain, 1914. From "Grande Geographie Bong Illustree", 1914

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somalia with mask

Somalia with mask
Color satellite image of Somalia, with mask

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somalia with borders

Somalia with borders
Color satellite image of Somalia and neighbouring countries, with borders

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somalia and neighbouring countries

Somalia and neighbouring countries
Color satellite image of Somalia and neighbouring countries

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somalia with borders and mask

Somalia with borders and mask
Color satellite image of Somalia, with borders and mask

Background imageSomalia Collection: The cotton harvest in Somalia

The cotton harvest in Somalia Africa. Date of Photograph:1930 - 1945 ca

Background imageSomalia Collection: Construction of a bridge on a drainage channel

Construction of a bridge on a drainage channel. Africa Somalia. Date of Photograph:1930-1945

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somalian women busy gathering fodder

Somalian women busy gathering fodder. Africa. Date of Photograph:1930-1945

Background imageSomalia Collection: Three men work in the press room of an oil mill in Somalia

Three men work in the press room of an oil mill in Somalia Africa Somalia. Date of Photograph:1930 - 1945 ca

Background imageSomalia Collection: Supply building at the bottom of a port named Regina Elena, Somalia

Supply building at the bottom of a port named Regina Elena, Somalia Africa Somalia. Date of Photograph:1930 - 1945 ca

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somali warrior of the Ouadan clan, 1885 (engraving)

Somali warrior of the Ouadan clan, 1885 (engraving)
7073051 Somali warrior of the Ouadan clan, 1885 (engraving) by Ronjat, Etienne Antoine Eugene (b.1822); Private Collection; (add.info.: Somali warrior of the Ouadan clan, near Mogadishu.Design by E)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Somali dance ' Cheleoo-Cheleoo ' in Mogadishu, 1885 (engraving)

Somali dance " Cheleoo-Cheleoo " in Mogadishu, 1885 (engraving)
7073052 Somali dance " Cheleoo-Cheleoo " in Mogadishu, 1885 (engraving) by Riou, Edouard (1833-1900); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Woman from Harar, Somalia, East Africa

Woman from Harar, Somalia, East Africa
Woman in festival costume from the city of Harar, Somalia, East Africa. Date: 1922

Background imageSomalia Collection: The British Somaliland Camel Corps in Solamia. The regiment is The Kings African

The British Somaliland Camel Corps in Solamia. The regiment is The Kings African Rifles. The Kings African Rifles (KAR) was a multi-battalion British colonial regiment raised from Britains various

Background imageSomalia Collection: The British Somaliland Camel Corps on Patrol. The regiment is The Kings African

The British Somaliland Camel Corps on Patrol. The regiment is The Kings African Rifles. The Kings African Rifles (KAR) was a multi-battalion British colonial regiment raised from Britains various

Background imageSomalia Collection: Alima - a very beautiful woman from Somalia

Alima - a very beautiful woman from Somalia, wearing a wrap-around dress of patterned fabric, headscarf and bead necklace. Date: circa late 1920s

Background imageSomalia Collection: The Severe Defeat Given By The British Troops At The Mad Mullah In Somalia

The Severe Defeat Given By The British Troops At The Mad Mullah In Somalia, The Charge Of The Cavalry (Colour Litho)
2798740 The Severe Defeat Given By The British Troops At The Mad Mullah In Somalia, The Charge Of The Cavalry (Colour Litho) by Beltrame

Background imageSomalia Collection: Subduing the Mad Mullah, illustration from Flying Memories by John Hamilton, 1934 (litho)

Subduing the Mad Mullah, illustration from Flying Memories by John Hamilton, 1934 (litho)
STC400421 Subduing the Mad Mullah, illustration from Flying Memories by John Hamilton, 1934 (litho) by Bradshaw, Stanley Orton (1903-1950); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, the 'Mad Mullah', Somali religious and military leader (litho)

Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, the "Mad Mullah", Somali religious and military leader (litho)
3627028 Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, the " Mad Mullah", Somali religious and military leader (litho) by Feller, Frank (1848-1908) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Territory recently occupied by our Troops in East Africa (engraving)

Territory recently occupied by our Troops in East Africa (engraving)
1045555 Territory recently occupied by our Troops in East Africa (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSomalia Collection: The New English Expedition to Somalia Against Mad Mullah, The Departure From Berber (Colour Litho)

The New English Expedition to Somalia Against Mad Mullah, The Departure From Berber (Colour Litho)
2798719 The New English Expedition to Somalia Against Mad Mullah, The Departure From Berber (Colour Litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSomalia Collection: The Battle on the Somali Front (Colour Litho)

The Battle on the Somali Front (Colour Litho)
2778454 The Battle on the Somali Front (Colour Litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: The battle on the Somali front)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Under the sign of the Red Cross (colour litho)

Under the sign of the Red Cross (colour litho)
2778432 Under the sign of the Red Cross (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Under the sign of the Red Cross)

Background imageSomalia Collection: On the Somalia front (colour litho)

On the Somalia front (colour litho)
2778405 On the Somalia front (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: On the Somalia front)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Elephant-Hunting at Berbera, on the African Coast of the Gulf of Aden (engraving)

Elephant-Hunting at Berbera, on the African Coast of the Gulf of Aden (engraving)
1595240 Elephant-Hunting at Berbera, on the African Coast of the Gulf of Aden (engraving) by Forestier, Amedee (1854-1930) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Elephant-Hunting at Berbera)

Background imageSomalia Collection: The Abyssinian Expedition, Berbereh, on the Coast of Africa, opposite Aden (engraving)

The Abyssinian Expedition, Berbereh, on the Coast of Africa, opposite Aden (engraving)
1588643 The Abyssinian Expedition, Berbereh, on the Coast of Africa, opposite Aden (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Abyssinian Expedition, Berbereh)

Background imageSomalia Collection: Ticks from Somali-Land, illustration from The Hope Reports, Vol. II, 1897-1900

Ticks from Somali-Land, illustration from The Hope Reports, Vol. II, 1897-1900
DGC288161 Ticks from Somali-Land, illustration from The Hope Reports, Vol. II, 1897-1900. edited by Edward B. Poulton, Oxford, 1901 (litho) by English School

Background imageSomalia Collection: Map of East Africa (Somalia and Ethiopia), c. 1581 (mural painting)

Map of East Africa (Somalia and Ethiopia), c. 1581 (mural painting)
LRI4595813 Map of East Africa (Somalia and Ethiopia), c.1581 (mural painting) by Buonsignori, Stefano (d.1589); Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Background imageSomalia Collection: An afternoon at the favorite of the Sheik of the Gobrons

An afternoon at the favorite of the Sheik of the Gobrons
LSE4334120 An afternoon at the favorite of the Sheik of the Gobrons, womens activities: embroidery and spinning wool, wicker and pottery

Background imageSomalia Collection: With the dung of travelers entering the harbour of Moguedouchou (Mogadishu)

With the dung of travelers entering the harbour of Moguedouchou (Mogadishu)
LSE4334015 With the dung of travelers entering the harbour of Moguedouchou (Mogadishu), sailors make a huge racket to attract the people who welcome them with shouts of enthusiasm



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Somalia, a land of rich history and vibrant culture, is nestled in the horn of Africa. As depicted on the Africa Political Map, this diverse nation has witnessed numerous historical events that have shaped its identity. In one captivating image, we see a strong African woman dressed in traditional Somali attire pounding grain with determination. Her clay pot resonates with centuries-old traditions passed down through generations, symbolizing the resilience and strength of Somali people. The Italians once had a significant presence in Somalia, leaving their mark on its architecture and culture. Their influence can still be seen today as remnants of their legacy intertwine with local customs. Qat stems hold cultural significance in Somalia; they are not just plants but also an integral part of social gatherings where friends and family come together to chew them. This communal activity fosters connections among Somalis while celebrating their heritage. However, history hasn't always been kind to Somalia. The British reverse in Somaliland during the camel corps disaster left scars that continue to shape the country's narrative even today. A map from 1895 serves as a reminder of how borders have shifted over time due to colonial influences. An intriguing lithograph published in 1897 showcases African Native People living harmoniously amidst vast landscapes dotted by acacia trees—a testament to the deep-rooted connection between Somalis and their environment. Somali women extend beyond national boundaries too; captured beautifully is a group residing far from home—Aden, Yemen—yet proudly representing their Somali heritage wherever they go. Moving closer to home again, we encounter heartwarming scenes: a mother lovingly cradling her son against the backdrop of Kismayo's enchanting landscape—an intimate moment embodying hope for future generations. Kismayo reveals more stories as three individuals stand united before us—a microcosm reflecting diversity within Somalia itself—a tapestry woven by different ethnicities sharing common ground under one flag. Warriors play a significant role in Somali history, embodying courage and valor.