Map of Bahia


This early-18th century manuscript map by an unknown cartographer shows the interior of the Brazilian state of Bahia, still largely uncharted at that time. The Portuguese began to explore this region as early as 1501, and soon developed it into a center for growing and processing sugar. The sugar was exported from several of Bahia's coastal cities, the most important of which was Salvador.


Title in Original Language

Mapa da Bahia

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Physical Description

1 manuscript map : ferrogálica drawing in ink and blood ; color ; 55.5 x 65.5 centimeters

Last updated: November 17, 2014