1918 Royal Geographical Society Railroad Map of Rwanda and Burundi


1918 Royal Geographical Society Railroad Map of Rwanda and Burundi


Highlights German plans to build railroads in East Africa during World War I.


Survey for Railway from Tabora to the Bend of the Kagera. Made by Order of Dr. H. Schnee Governor of G.E.A. 1913. To Illustrate the paper by C. P. MacCarthy.
  1918 (dated)     16 x 12.25 in (40.64 x 31.115 cm)     1 : 1000000


This is a 1918 Royal Geographical Society map of Rwanda and Burundi highlighting German plans for railroad construction in the region before World War I. Tabora, situated in the lower right corner, hosted a station of the Central Railroad of German East Africa. Here, dashed a dashed line marks the projected railway from Tabora through Rwanda and Burundi to the Kagera River. This new line would bring railroads to underserved populations and connect to Lake Victoria through the Kagera. Also, since the Kagera River was a likely invasion route - the Belgians had entered Rwanda via the river in 1916 already - a railway between Tabora and the River would be strategically important. Printed names identify regions and mountain peaks, along with villages, the Usuwi military post, rivers, and gulfs and bays in Lake Victoria. Brown lines present the region's topography and are marked with altitudes. An inset on the lower left details the region from north of Lake Victoria to Lake Tanganyika and includes its rivers, lakes, towns and villages.
Publication History and Census
This map was published by the Royal Geographical Society in the November 1918 edition of The Geographical Journal. One example is cataloged in OCLC and is part of the institutional collection at the University of Oxford.


Royal Geographical Society (fl. 1830 - present) is a British Society established in 1830 to promote geographical science and exploration. Originally titled the "Geographical Society of London", the RGS received its royal charter from Queen Victoria in 1859 shortly after absorbing several similar but more regional societies including the African Association, the Raleigh Club and the Palestine Association. The RGS sponsored many of the most important and exciting voyages of exploration ever undertaken, including the exploration of Charles Darwin, David Livingstone, Robert Falcon Scott, Richard F. Burton, John Speke, George Hayward, H. M Stanley, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmond Hillary. Today, the RGS remains a leading global sponsor of geographical and scientific studies. The Society is based in Lowther Lodge, South Kensington, London.


MacCarthy, C.P., 'German Plans for Railway Development in East Africa.' The Geographical Journal. Vol. 52, No. 5 (London: Royal Geographical Society) 1918.    


Very good. Light wear along original fold lines.


OCLC 930772490.