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 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 mythical Lago de R. los Xarayes appears at left and the otherwise unknown interior is conveniently covered by the decorative title cartouche. Published by Francois Halma.
A nice impression on a clean, bright sheet of watermarked paper. The top and bottom margins have been extended a bit to accommodate framing.