"Brasilia Lusitanorum in XIV Praefecturas Divisa", Sanson, Nicolas
Period: 1679 (circa)
Publication: Die Gantze Erd-Kugel...
Color: Hand Color
10.6 x 7.8 inches
26.9 x 19.8 cm
This is a reduced version of Sanson's important 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. There is little detail in the interior with the exception of major rivers. The mythical Lago de los Xarayes appears at left and the otherwise unknown interior is conveniently covered by the decorative title cartouche. Published by Johann David Zunner.
A dark impression, issued folding, now flattened on watermarked paper. There is minor soiling, some extraneous creasing, and a small chip at bottom right has been professionally repaired.