Engraving Forte dos Reis Magos in Christmas 1671
Montanus's work was perhaps the greatest illustrated book about the New World produced in the XNUMXth century.
It contained over one hundred beautifully engraved plates, views, and maps of North and South America.
The plaques vividly depict forts, festivals, occupations, Dutch fleets, battles, religious rites and customs of the native inhabitants.
This important work has been translated into German by Olivier Dapper and into English by John Ogilby. Several of the plates were later acquired by Pierre Vander Aa.
This finely engraved view depicts the heavily armed Forte dos Três Reis Magos along the Potengi River in present-day Natal. In the foreground, Dutch soldiers supervise natives unloading goods from small rowing boats. “Fluvius Grandis”, Montanus, Arnoldus
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