Central African Republic
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Formerly a territory of French Equatorial Africa, the Central
African Republic became independent in 1960. Topographic
mapping was undertaken by the French Institut
Géographique National (IGN), and continued after independence
by agreement with the Central African Republic. Complete cover of
the country was produced at 1:200,000 scale, the first sheets
appearing in 1956. Almost all these one-degree sheets are
now in the regular edition format in four or five colours,
and a few sheets were produced in revised editions, the most
recent being the Bangui sheet published in 1984. The
projection is UTM, Clarke 1880 ellipsoid, and contours are
at 40 m intervals.
Soviet military topographic mapping of the Central Africa Republic exists at the following scales:
1:1,000,000 (8 sheets, complete coverage, published 1957-1987); 1:500,000 (18 sheets, complete coverage, published 1962-1989);
1:200,000 (102 sheets, complete coverage, published 1979-1986); and a city (1:10,000) topographic map of Bangui published in 1981.
These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
Some 1:50,000 quarter-degree topographic sheets have also
been published. The first sheets were issued in 1954, and
the most recent, four sheets around Bangui, in 1988. They
are in four colours with 20 m contours.
A small scale general map in the IGNPays et Villes du monde
series was published in 1993, but while the inset map of
administrative areas has been updated, the main map is
essentially a reprint of the 1980 edition. Currently, there
is little cartographic activity in the Central African Republic.