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Map of Pernambuco and Tamarica

Map of Pernambuco and Tamarica

Map of Pernambuco and Tamarica.
Pernambuca / I. Tamarica.
Between 1630 and 1654 large parts of Brazil were occupied by the Dutch. During this period the area was mapped by the cartographers Cornelis Goliath (died in 1667/1668) and Georg Marcgraf. In 1643 they rendered the results of these mapping activities in an attractive wall chart. Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) published this atlas chart based on their map in 1662.
A large number of East Indiamen is depicted off the coast.
This map may be linked to the following charts: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, inv. nr. 1049B13_094; Ibid, inv. nr. 1049B13_096; Ibid, inv. nr. 1049B13_097
The map was previously published in: C. Barlaeus, Rerum per octennium in Brasilia, Amsterdam 1647
The key in the banderole is explicated using symbols
Key bottom right: a. Ilha dos cedros, ou d'ant:o Vaaz. / b. Citade Maurtia, v. Maurits Stadt. c. F. Frederick Henrick, V: Vyfhoeck. / d. F. Ernestus, daer by Vryburg ligt. / e. F. Waerdenberg, v. dryhoeck. / f. Stede Reciff. / g. Watercasteel, v. Castello do mar. / h. Castello de S. Iorge, v. Landtcasteel. k. Fort de Bruyn. / l. F. Ioffrou de Bruyn. / m. F. Prins Willem aen R. dos Affogados. / n. Rio dos Afogados. / o. Teiibipio, eene rivier. / p. Capiibari, een rivier. / q. Iabebiri, een rivier
Key on left: 1. Guaibitingamiri. / 2. Fonte de S. Thom??. / 3. R. Tapado. / 4. R. de Graspar Gon??alo
I. XII. Ianuarij an. MDCXL. conflixit Primo cum Hollandorum cla??e, Hispanica, hac altitudine ex adverso I. Tamarica
The chart depicts the coats of arms of Pernambuco en Itamarac??
Almost the entire upper part of the chart is taken up with a drawing of a sugar refinery with houses of European colonists in the background.
Bottom right an illustration of the first day of the sea battle between Dutch and Spanish fleets on January 12, 1640
The rest of the sea battle and the remainder of the sugar mill are shown on the following chart: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, inv. nr. 1049B13_097
Cf. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, inv. nr. 1043 B 14, after p. 38, 2.

creator Post, Frans

(copied after)

Marcgraf, Georg

(land surveyor / mapmaker)

Goliath, Cornelis

(land surveyor / mapmaker)

Blaeu sr., Joan






category print

coloured engraving


Pernambuca / I. Tamarica Post, Frans


42 x 54 cm



owner Koninklijke Bibliotheek
location(s) Bom Jesus Affogados Maurisstad Cabo de Santo Agostinho Itamaracà eiland Olinda Paripueira Porto Calvo Recife Antigo Vila Velha
fortification(s) Bona Ventura, fort Sint George, fort (Recife) Frederik Hendrik, fort (Boavista) Ernest, fort Effogados, fort de Brun, fort do Waerdenburgh, fort (Recife) Waterkasteel, fort (Recife) Oranje, fort (Itamaracà)

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  • Barlaeus, Caspar, Rerum per octennium in Brasilia: et alibi nuper gestarum, sub præfectura illustrissimi comitis I. Mavritii [...] historia (Amsterdam, 1647)
  • Blaeu, Joan [ed. Peter van der Krogt], Atlas Maior (Keulen, 1665[2005])