Map of the Captaincy of Paraíba and Rio Grande from 1720
Excellent map of the Brazilian coast including the captaincies of Paraíba and Rio Grande.
The map was drawn after actual research by Georg Markgraf, Elias Herckmanns and others, and was among the first maps of Brazil based on non-Portuguese data.
The map is richly engraved with an enormous scene of a procession of Tupinambá Indians carrying a Dutch flag, part of a sugar mill, and three major naval battles depicted at sea.
Still adorned with coats of arms, rose of the winds and title cartouche in strips.
The series of maps of the captaincies of Brazil is unlike any other map in Blaeu's atlas. Blaeu first issued this and its accompanying maps in 1647 to Gaspar Barleus' Rerum per Octennium in Brasilia.
They have also been brought together in a large wall map, Brasilia qua parte paret Belgis; places where leaves overlap are marked by faint lines on the left.
Maps appeared in the Atlas Maior from 1662 and were subsequently sold to various publishers after Blaeu's death. “Praefecturae de Paraiba, et Rio Grande”, Blaeu/Covens & Mortier
Captaincy of Paraíba and Rio Grande from 1720 – Historical Maps of Brazil