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Number: 2460
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Mozambique, Fort Sao Sabastiao
Year of Origin: 1612
Title: III. Obsidio Vrbis Et Castelli Mozambiquensis
Language: Latin
Publish Origin: London
Height: 12.5
Width: 16.4
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: Full Color
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Publisher: Theodor De Bry
Other Contributors: Johann Verken
Northernmost Latitude: 15.1
Southernmost Latitude: 15.0
Westernmost Longitude: 40.6
Easternmost Longitude: 40.8
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: This slave trade fort is oldest European fort still standing in sub-Saharan Africa. Construction by the Portuguese began in 1558 and completed ~1600; and it was repeatedly attacked by the Dutch. This engraving depicts the Dutch siege of Fort Sao Sebastiao on the Island of Mozambique in 1608. Although the Portuguese maintained control over the fort, the majority of their belongings on the island were robbed or destroyed. The engraving is based on the accounts of Johann Verken, a German in the employ of the VOC who witnessed the siege. Verken joined a fleet traveling to the Moluccas commanded by Pieter Willemszoon Verhoeff, who attacked the fort in July and August 1608. Verken's account was published in Volume IX of De Bry's India Orientalis. On a sheet of Latin text measuring 7.8 x 12.0"; [Other examples of De Bry's work were based on accounts by John White and Jacques le Moyne de Morgues].
Last updated: Sep 11, 2021