Map of the Brazilian coastline from 1678
“Littora Brasiliae / Pascaert van Brasil”, Wit, Frederick de
This magnificent map of Brazil is primarily a sea chart with details confined to the coastline.
Oriented with north to the left by two fine compass roses, it covers the Brazilian coastline from the mouth of the Amazon to the Rio de la Plata in what is now Argentina.
A dramatic title cartouche that fills the interior is constructed of a montage of scenes showing Portuguese and Dutch explorers and missionaries, an Indian ceremony, mining, exotic animals and produce, etc.
Rhumb lines cross the entire map, which is further embellished by four sailing ships.
Map of the Brazilian coastline from 1678 – Historical Map