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Number: 3860
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Mocambique Island, Mombasa, Kenya
Year of Origin: 1599
Title: Insulae & Ars Mocambique. [Mancanbique 103]
Language: Dutch
Publish Origin:
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Small
Color Type: No Color
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Engraver: Pieter Van den Keere (Kaerius)
Publisher: Barent Langenes
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Northernmost Latitude: -4.0
Southernmost Latitude: -4.1
Westernmost Longitude: 39.6
Easternmost Longitude: 39.7
Notes: [Often confused, this is NOT in modern Mozambique; but this port is in the vicinity of Mombasa Kenya. This is an edition by Langenes 'Caert Thresoor', after the 1598 edition of Linchoten by John Wolfe; there were other editions by Bertius, Debry, Hondius; The island of Mocambique was an important trade center in Portuguese Mombasa in the second half of the 16th Century, on the route from Portugal to India. In 1542, Joao Velho, an agent for the King of Portugal, wrote a series of letters describing his 4 year stay on the island, where he lived in a fortified tower with a white slave woman. He was one of the principal overseers of the Portuguese King's stores of cloth and beads, which were used to trade for gold and ivory mined in the interior regions. The Portuguese factor was one of the principal points of trade with Muslim controlled Sofala, where goods from the interior were traded with the Europeans. in 1598, John Wolfe published an English translation, with entirely newly maps engraved in London by Robert Beckit, Raygnald Elstrak, William Rogers. The 11 maps in Wolfe editin includes several maps not drawn from the original Lisnchoten Itinerario, including a World Map after Ortelius, two maps of Africa drawn from Pigafetta, and an English copy of the first state of the Plancius Spice map. There were other editions published by Petrus Bertius and Hondius in 'Tabularum Geographicarum' Contractatus
Last updated: Apr 19, 2021