"Brasil, Waar van de Kust door de Portugeezen Bezeten, en in Veertien Hooftgebieden Verdeelt Word", Sanson, Nicolas
Period: 1705 (published)
Publication: Algemeene Weereldtbeschryving
Color: Hand Color
10.5 x 7.8 inches
26.7 x 19.8 cm
This is a reduced version Sanson's important map showing the Portuguese possessions in Brazil. The coastal regions were divided by the Portuguese Crown into fourteen Capitanias, or hereditary harbor offices. The holders of these grants, called donees (donatários), were responsible for their defense and development. There is also a fair amount of detail in the interior, along the major rivers. The otherwise unknown interior is conveniently covered by the garland-style title cartouche.