Map of the City of Rio de Janeiro: Situated at Latitude 22 Degrees 54' and Longitude 334 Degrees 53' from the Meridian of the Island of Ferro


This pen-and-ink watercolor map shows the city of Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding coastline around 1770, shortly after it became the colonial capital city of Portuguese Brazil. The map is the work of Manoel Vieira Leão (1727-1803), an assistant to the governor of the city.

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Plano da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro: situado na Latitude de 22°54', e de Longitude de 334°53' contados do Meridiano da ilha do Ferro

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1 pen-and-ink and watercolor manuscript map; 70 x 98 centimeters

Last updated: July 8, 2014