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Number: 3689
Continent: Africa
Region: North
Place Names: Morocco, Tangier, Asilah, Arzilla, Zili, Zilis, Zilil, Zilias, Cap de Gel
Year of Origin: 1575
Title: Arzilla Maxima Quodam Africe Vrbs, nunc in angustiuas a Christianis contracta
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Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Antwerp
Height: 13.3
Width: 15.4
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Small
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Color Type: No Color
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Publisher: Franz Hogenberg
Georg Braun
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Northernmost Latitude: 35.47
Southernmost Latitude: 35.45
Westernmost Longitude: -6.05
Easternmost Longitude: -6.0
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: [SWAEN source] Very old Morocco coastal city view of Asilah by Braun & Hogeburg. TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: 'Asilah, formerly the largest city in Africa, is today confined within the narrowest bounds by the Christians'. COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "The city was rebuilt at the time of Bishop Cardova, who then reigned over Mauretania; it grew in prosperity and became stronger. The inhabitants were rich, educated and well-armed people. The land around the city is fertile and all sorts of cereals and vegetables can be easily cultivated." The entry on Asilah contains accurate information about the city's history and illustrates, for example, the difficult entrance to its harbour. Founded by the Romans under the name of Zilias, in the Middle Ages the town provided an important strategic base for the Portuguese, who wanted to penetrate deeper into the continent from here. They held the city between Zilias, in the Middle Ages the town provided an important strategic base for the Portuguese, who wanted to penetrate deeper into the continent from here. They held the city between 1471 and 1541 and occupiEd it from 1577 to 1589. From: 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum' Liber Primus. Antwerp, Gilles van den Rade, 1575.
Last updated: Jul 25, 2020