Historic Hardback Map Navigational Chart Influence Of Portuguese Empire 1558

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller historicpicturesarchives (1.443) 99.3%, Location: Sutton Coldfield, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183853057589 SELLING HERE AN HISTORICAL LARGE MAP HARDBACK A DECORATIVE NAVIGATIONAL CHART MADE IN PORTUGAL SHOWING THE THE REACH AND INFLUENCE OF THE PORTUGUESE EMPIRE 1558 ABOUT THIS MAPFROM 1500, as a result of their voyages along the African and Asian coasts and their use of native south-east Asian charts, the Portuguese became the leading European chart-makers. Their charts differed from those of their predecessors in one essential way. Unlike the Catalans and Italians, the Portuguese used scientific instruments and mathematics to measure the angle of the sun above the horizon at different altitudes and thus calculate latitude. This made possible the relatively accurate mapping of the world beyond the Mediterranean (though the continuing inability to determine longitude at sea caused distortions in the east—west depiction of coastlines). The horizontal lines of the Tropics and the vertical bars of latitude can be seen superimposed over the fretwork of rhumb lines, familiar from the older portolan charts, on this beautiful chart. In other respects, with its invisible circles, partly indicated by small wind roses, the emphasis on coastlines, the positioning of the place names and the repeated scale bars, the portolan chart legacy is unmistakable. Extending from 61 degrees north to 40 degrees south, this chart, completed on 15 November 1558, is the only work to be signed by Sebastian (`Bastiam') Lopes (d. c.1595) who was to become the principal chart and instrument maker at the official Portuguese mapping establishment, the Armazem da Guine e India, and one of the leading chart-makers of the golden age of Portuguese mapmaking. Its fine workmanship suggests that it was made for presentation. It was clearly intended to remind the viewer of Portugal's newly acquired power and empire. The presence of its rival, Spain, is alluded to only by the banners with Spanish arms along the western stretches of the Amazon. By contrast there is a realistic depiction of Lisbon in the middle of the Iberian peninsula. In northern Africa, two mounted Portuguese are shown routing a couple of Moorish horsemen. In Brazil, identified by the Portuguese arms, a native is shown chopping down a redwood which had already become an important export commodity, while a bird of paradise flies nearby. Sierra Leone in West Africa is indicated by a lion looking towards the principal Portuguese strongpoint, St George's Fort in Minah, which played an important role in the slave trade. Further to the south is a cross before a church facade, serving as a reminder of the importance of the missionary activity that accompanied Portugal's commercial and colonial expansion. AN HISTORIC REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL PLAN PRODUCED WHEN THE TOPOGRAPHY OF CARTOGRAPHY WAS BEING COMPILED PROFESSIONALLY MOUNTED BUT NOT FRAMED SIZE: 9.5" x 8" (23 x 21 cm) CONDITION: Excellent condition perfectly preserved in the archives.As with many early maps some of the text on this map is quite tiny and requires a good eyesight or even a magnifying glass I offer a full money back guarantee on my descriptions please bid with confidence VISIT THE ARCHIVES SHOP TO SEE OTHER HISTORIC PICTURES AND MAPS Occasionally you may see a similar item re-listed this happens when we have more than one of the item stored in the archivesWORLDWIDE POSTTracked delivery outside the UK costs a little more but protects both buyer and sellermbarchives1558THANK YOU FOR VISITING Format: Hardback Map, Date Range: 1500-1599, Era: 1500s

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