Old Map of Brazil by Visscher, 1690: Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, São Luís, Natal
Old Map of Brazil by Visscher, 1690: Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, São Luís, Natal
Old Map of Brazil by Visscher, 1690: Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, São Luís, Natal
Old Map of Brazil by Visscher, 1690: Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, São Luís, Natal

Old Map of Brazil by Visscher, 1690: Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, São Luís, Natal

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Dive into the rich history and breathtaking geography of Brazil with the exquisite 'Accuratissima Brasiliae tabula', translated to 'The Most Accurate Map of Brazil', a meticulously crafted map from 1690 by the renowned mapmaker Nicolaes Visscher II. This splendid cartographic masterpiece captures the essence of Brazil during the late 17th century, providing a glimpse into the past with its depiction of political divisions and regions that compose the modern day area of Brazil. Visscher, a descendant of the illustrious mapmaker Claes Janszoon Visscher, brings his family's tradition of precision and artistry to this unique piece.

The map features significant cities like Rio De Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, São Luís, and Natal, each marked with meticulous detail. Beyond the urban landscapes, the map also highlights various natural elements, such as waterways, canals, and mountains, that contribute to the diverse Brazilian terrain. The hand-colored outlines and engraved details add a layer of visual appeal, making this map not just a historical document, but a work of art.

An interesting aspect of this map is the inclusion of decorative cartouches, a compass rose, and a vignette of ships in the ocean and native settlements inland. These details offer a sense of the era's aesthetic sensibilities and navigational practices. The relief shown pictorially further enhances the map's visual appeal, providing a three-dimensional perspective that brings the landscape to life.

The 'Accuratissima Brasiliae tabula' is more than just a map—it's a testament to the craftsmanship of the Dutch Golden Age, a window into Brazil's past, and a captivating piece of art. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of maps, or simply someone who appreciates fine art, this map is a valuable addition to any collection. Its intricate details and historical significance make it a fascinating conversation piece, sure to intrigue and inspire.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Cities in the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro 1. Rio de Janeiro - Known as São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, it was founded in 1565. It is notable for its natural harbor, the Guanabara Bay. 2. São Paulo - Founded in 1554 as São Paulo dos Campos de Piratininga, it is known for its historical Jesuit mission.

Cities in the Captaincy of Bahia 1. Salvador - Founded in 1549, it was the first capital of Brazil and a major port for the slave trade. 2. Ilhéus - Known as Vila de São Jorge dos Ilhéus, it was founded in 1534 and is famous for its cocoa plantations. 3. Porto Seguro - Founded in 1534, it is where Pedro Álvares Cabral first landed in Brazil.

Cities in the Captaincy of Pernambuco 1. Recife - Founded in 1537, it was the main harbor of the captaincy and known for its sugar cane plantations. 2. Olinda - Founded in 1535, it was the original capital of the captaincy.

Cities in the Captaincy of São Vicente 1. Santos - Founded in 1546, it was a major port for the export of coffee and sugar.

Cities in the State of Maranhão 1. São Luís - Founded in 1612, it was the French's first attempt to settle in Brazil. 2. Belém - Founded in 1616, it was the gateway for Portuguese exploration of the Amazon.

Cities in the Captaincy of Espírito Santo 1. Vitória - Founded in 1551, it was a strategic location for the defense against French privateers.

Cities in the Captaincy of Paraíba 1. João Pessoa - Founded in 1585, it was a key location for the sugar industry.

Cities in the Captaincy of Rio Grande 1. Natal - Founded in 1599, it was a strategic location for the Portuguese against French and Dutch invasions.

The remaining 17 cities were smaller settlements, but still of historical significance.

Notable Natural Phenomena - Amazon River - One of the longest rivers in the world, it is a major waterway for transport and trade. - Pantanal - The world's largest tropical wetland, it is home to a diverse range of wildlife. - Iguaçu Falls - Located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, it is one of the world's largest waterfalls. - Serra da Capivara National Park - Known for its prehistoric rock paintings. - Fernando de Noronha - An archipelago known for its rich marine biodiversity.

Historical Events - The Dutch occupation of northeastern Brazil (1630-1654) - This was a significant period of conflict and cultural exchange. - The Battle of Guararapes (1648-1649) - Marked the beginning of the end of Dutch occupation in Brazil. - The discovery of gold in the region of Minas Gerais (1693) - This led to the largest gold rush in Latin America.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

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