Facsimile of a Map Drawn by General C.G. Gordon, R.E at Khartum, March 17. 1874 of his Route from Suakin to Berber and Khartum

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Title

Facsimile of a Map Drawn by General C.G. Gordon, R.E at Khartum, March 17. 1874 of his Route from Suakin to Berber and Khartum
facsimile

Creator

Stanford, Edward

Subject

Khartoum, Sudan
Maps

Description

Facsimile of a hand-drawn map by then Col. Gordon, illustrating the fastest route from Suakin on the Red Sea to Berber on the Nile and thence south to Khartoum.
Gordon was an expert draftsman and accomplished engineer as well as a tireless traveller: throughout his career, he drew precise and carefully annotated charts of his journeys.
This map was drawn by Gordon in March 1874 as he travelled to take up the position of Governor of Equatoria, at the behest of Khedive Ismāʿīl of Egypt. The map depicts a track snaking through the arid Red Sea hills, covered by Gordon’s party in a brisk journey of less than a fortnight: eight days to Berber and a further four by river to Khartoum. Gordon calculated the route at 288 miles, though later assessments cut up to 40 miles off that figure.
The map was first published by C.P. Stone in an academic journal (Science 5/114 (1885), p. 290) in the aftermath of Gordon’s death in Khartoum. Made available to the wider public by Edward Stanford of Covent Garden, it played an important part in the debate over the earlier decision by Lord Wolseley to reject this far shorter Suakin-Berber route as the preferred option for the failed Gordon Relief Expedition of 1884-5. [FN/ON 14.8.19, FHM 2019]

Publisher

Making African Connections

Date

1874-03-17
1885-02-17

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

400 mm x 485 mm x 12 mm

Identifier

GGC130

Language

Rights

© Royal Engineers Museum

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