"Le Bresil, dont la Coste est possedee par les Portugais et divisee en Quatorze Capitaineries", Sanson/Mariette
Period: 1656 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de toutes…du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
21 x 15.5 inches
53.3 x 39.4 cm
Sanson's important map of the Portuguese possessions in Brazil. The coastal regions were divided by the Portuguese Crown into fourteen Capitaineries, or hereditary harbor offices. The holders of these grants, called donees (donatários), were responsible for their defense and development. The largely unknown interior is conveniently covered by the decorative floral title cartouche. Published by Pierre Mariette.
Some staining in the map, a small repaired hole under the cartouche and a couple of creases. Still a nice map that would frame beautifully.