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Map of the Bay of Salvador, Brazil


Map of the Bay of Salvador, Brazil

Vingboons, Johannes

Title on object: Aldus verthoont haer de stadt ende Bay Sanct Salvador

The map shows the coastline of the Bay of Salvador. The eponymous town was conquered by the WIC in 1624, but retaken by a combined Portuguese-Spanish force shortly after. Later, the WIC concentrated its efforts on more northerly parts of Brazil. The map is mainly a coastal profile indicating the location of the town.

Other copies: Vatican Library Reg. Lat. 2106, fol. 71r (available in the online collection of the Vatican); Instituto Arqueológico Histórico e Geográfico Pernambucano, inv. nr. 10.

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)