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EXPL2A-00139. Timbuktu in Africa, as drawn by Rene-Auguste Caillie


EXPL2A-00139. Timbuktu in Africa, as drawn by Rene-Auguste Caillie


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EXPL2A-00139. Timbuktu in Africa, as drawn by Rene-Auguste Caillie

Timbuktu in Africa, as drawn by Rene-Auguste Caillie, the first European visitor, 1828.
Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of Caillies illustration

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Africa African City Civilization Commerce Native Sahara Sahara Desert Town Trade Travel West Africa 1828 French Sudan Mali Songhai Soudan Sudan Timbuctoo Timbuktu Tombouctou


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This print takes us back in time to the 19th century, showcasing a hand-colored woodcut reproduction of Timbuktu in Africa. Drawn by Rene-Auguste Caillie, the first European visitor to this historic city in 1828, the illustration offers a glimpse into its rich cultural heritage and bustling trade. The image transports us to a vibrant African town nestled amidst the vast Sahara desert. With intricate details and vivid colors, Caillie's artwork brings to life the native architecture and busy streets of Timbuktu during that era. The city's significance as a center for commerce is evident through bustling marketplaces filled with merchants from various backgrounds. Timbuktu holds immense historical importance as an ancient hub of civilization and learning. Once part of the mighty Songhai Empire, it became renowned for its intellectual pursuits and scholarly institutions. This woodcut reproduction serves as a visual testament to Timbuktu's past glory. As we gaze at this vintage masterpiece, we are reminded of Caillie's remarkable journey across West Africa and his invaluable contribution towards documenting these distant lands. This print not only captures an exquisite piece of art but also invites us on an exploratory voyage through history

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