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Number: 3860
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Mozambique Island, Mombasa, Kenya
Year of Origin: 1599
Title: Insulae & Ars Mosambique. [Mancanbique 103]
Language: Dutch
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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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Notes: Althea source. 'Caert Thresoor'; This is an edition by Langenes after the 1598 edition of Linchoten by John Wolfe; there were other editions by Bertius, Debry, Hondius; The island of Mozambique 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.
Last updated: Feb 16, 2021