Hydrographic Map of the Famous Rio de Janeiro Bay Where the São Sebastião City is Situated


This map of the bay of Rio de Janeiro shows the city of São Sebastião, the bay entrance, the island, and the rivers entering the bay. During the colonial period, the city of São Sebastião was an agricultural center and its port was a major shipping point for gold from Minas Gerais. The map is the work of Luis dos Santos Vilhena (1744-1814), who lived in Salvador, where he worked as a teacher of Greek and Latin. Vilhena wrote extensively about life in Portuguese Brazil, often expressing the frustration of many immigrants about living in the colony.

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Planta hydrografica da famoza Bahia do Rio de Janeiro dentro da qual em a sua margem se acha situada a cidade de S. Sebastião

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1 manuscript view and 2 manuscript maps, pen-and-ink and watercolor ; on sheet 58 x 93 centimeters

Last updated: January 8, 2018