"Le Bresil, dont la Coste est possedee par les Portugais et divisee en Quatorze Capitaineries", Sanson/Mariette
Period: 1656 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.3 x 15.3 inches
54.1 x 38.9 cm
Sanson's important map showing the Portuguese possessions in Brazil. The coastal regions were divided by the Portuguese Crown into fourteen Capitaineries or hereditary harbour 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 large, picture-frame style, title cartouche making it a very handsome map. Published by Pierre Mariette.
Paper is a bit fragile. Couple of chips in bottom margin with one tear extending into map border, closed with archival tape.