"Le Bresil, dont les Cotes sont Divisees in Capitaineries…", Fer, Nicolas de
Period: 1719 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21 x 16.3 inches
53.3 x 41.4 cm
Large, handsome map showing 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. Another interesting feature of this map is the cluster of swamps near the headwaters of the Paraguay River and several notations in the interior. The map is embellished with a title and scale cartouches.
There is a minor repair on the centerfold in the bottom margin.