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View of the city and fort Zeelandia on Taiwan


View of the city and fort Zeelandia on Taiwan

Vingboons, Johannes

The view shows Fort Zeelandia, and the epynomous city, built on a sandy island near the coast of Formosa, present-day Taiwan. In the bay, various smaller vessels are depicted. In the background, the Taiwanese mainland is visible.

Legend: 1. ’t Chinees Quartier, 2. ’t Gerecht, 3. De Passer ofte Marckt, 4. ’t Equipagie ende Smits Huijs, 5. ’t Fort Zeelandia 6. ’t Gouverneurs Huijs, 7. ’t Hooren Werck, 8. Reduijt Utrecht, 9. ’t Hooge Lant Ilha Formoso, 10. De Sandt Plaet Baxinbooij

Other copies: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Van der Hem 41:05, Zeeuws Museum G1694; Bibliothèque Nationale de France p187914. (The latter not available in the Atlas of Mutual Heritage, but through Gallica, the BNF’s own online collection.)

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)