New Hydrographic Map of the Sea and New Southern Lands: Made by the Cosmographer and Mathematician Emanuel Godinho de Eredia


This hydrographic map is the work of Malaysian-Portuguese cartographer Emanuel Godinho de Eredia (1563-1623). At the turn of the 17th century, the Portuguese were exploring southeast Asia from their base in Malacca, searching for the “Islands of Gold” that figured prominently in Malaysian legends. Around 1602, the Viceroy of Portuguese India commissioned an expedition around the islands south of Malaysia and India.  Eredia served as a soldier and engineer on the mission and completed this map around the same time. His work, however, is suspected to be based more on the writings of Ptolemy and Marco Polo than on his own experience.

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Nova tavoa hydrographica do mar de novas teras do sul / feita polo cosmographo e math. Emanuel Godinho de Eredia

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1 manuscript map ; 29.5 x 39.5 centimeters

Last updated: September 18, 2015