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View of Fort Amsterdam on Cormantijn


View of Fort Amsterdam on Cormantijn

Meurs, Jacob van / Meurs, Jacob van / Borremans, Reynoud

View of Fort Amsterdam on Cormantijn.

Kasteel van Cormantin.

This fort was captured from the English in 1665 by Michiel de Ruyter.

Dr Olfert Dapper (1636-1689) published a large number of books after 1663. He wrote a history of the city of Amsterdam and furnished the first Dutch translation of Herodotus. But he is known particularly for his many descriptions of foreign lands which he compiled from various sources, without ever seeing the countries he wrote about for himself. This plate is taken from a description of Africa.

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Sources and literature

Dapper, Olfert, Naukeurige Beschrijvingen der Afrikaensche gewesten: van Egypten, Barbaryen, Libyen, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopiƫ, Abyssiniƫ: (1668)

Jones, Adam, Decompiling Dapper: A preliminary search for evidence (1990)