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View of the island of San Thomé


View of the island of San Thomé

Blaeu sr., Joan / Brosterhuisen, Jan van / Post, Frans

View of the island of San Thomé. Insula S. Thomae.

The print is taken from the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem, but originally came from Caspar Barlaeus, 'Rerum per Octennium in Brasilia Gestarum Historia', Amsterdam 1647. See also Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, inv. nr. 1043 B 14, after p. 208 no. 49 and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv. nr. NG-20-E.

Bottom right: no. 49.

Insula S. Thomae.

Bottom right: no: 49.

Key: A. Castrum S. Sebastiani. / B. Turris lapidea. / C. Curia. / D. Nosodochium. / E. Coenobium s. Joannis. / F. Templum. / G. Sacellum s. Jacobi. / H. Templum S. Thomae. / I. Forum. / K. Sacellum S. Sebastiani. / L. Naves nostrorum Castru: impetentes.

A ship is shown sinking in the harbour.

The island was held by the WIC from 1641 to 1649 and was known for its unhealthy climate.

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Sources and literature

Barlaeus, Caspar, Rerum per octennium in Brasilia: et alibi nuper gestarum, sub præfectura illustrissimi comitis I. Mavritii [...] historia (1647)

Krogt, Peter van der, The Atlas Blaeu - Van der Hem: of the Austrian National Library (2005)