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Number: 1471
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Mobaca, Mosanbique (Mozambique), Sofala, and Ilha de Sacatora (Socotra Island), Monomotapa, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Natal, Madagascar
Year of Origin: 1663
Title: Ioao Teixeira Cosmographo De Sva Magestrade Afez em Lisbon O Anno de 1649.
Sub-Title: [four insets] Mobaca, Mosanbique, Sofala, Ilha de Sacatora
Language: French
Publish Origin: Paris
Height: 69.1
Width: 51.3
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 13,703,700
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Joao Teixeira
Publisher: Melchisedech Thevenot
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Notes: Betz; see Norwich #305; This copperplate printed map is directly based on an original Portuguese manuscript coastal chart, a navigational "carreira" prepared by Joao Teixeira for use by the Portuguese royal fleets sailing to the East. The original of 1649 used to prepare this map by Thevenot is at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Joao Teixeira (active from 1602 to about 1650) was the son of Luis Teixeira, founder of an important Portuguese map and chart making family. Melchisedech Thevenot (1620-1692) was an author of books on early voyages of discovery. This map is from part II of Thevenot's "Relations de divers Voyages Curieux" published in 1664 and then again in 1696 in Paris. At the bottom left, set within a mileage scale, is the royal privilege or copyright, "avec priviledge du Roy". Surrounding Africa Arabia, and India are numerous placenames of ports, navigational landmarks, shoals and reefs, and other important points. Within the Indian Ocean are further details on islands. References: Cortesao, Armando, and Avelino Teixeira da Mota. Portugaliae Monumenta Cartographica, Vol IV. Lisboa, 1960. p. 147-152. plate 515
Last updated: Nov 6, 2008