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View of fort Arguin on the African coast


View of fort Arguin on the African coast

Vingboons, Johannes

Title on object: Aldus verthoont hem ‘t Casteel Argyn Het Casteel Argyn uyt der Zee

The view shows the Dutch fort on the sandy island of Arguin, in front of the coast of present-day Mauritania. The island, originally occupied by the Portuguese, was conquered by the WIC in 1633, and was used to buy ostrich feathers, gum Arabic, ivory and enslaved people.

Also see Vatican Library Reg. Lat. 2107, fol. 31r (digitally available through their own online collection), Nationaal Archief VELH0619.43 and Carte di Castello 34. The latter shows the fort from the land side.

Part of the Carte di Castello, collected by Cosimo de Medici III in 1667 and 1669 during his tours through Europe. Cosimo III bought the 66 watercolours by Vingboons in December 1667 in Amsterdam, through mediation of Pieter Blaeu.

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Sources and literature

Corbellini, Sabrina and Cattaneo, Angelo, The Global Eye: Dutch Spanish and Portugese maps in the collections of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici (2019)