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In this section of the site, we provide images of maps that are useful for placing the documents, churches and archives that come together in this project within a historical context. These maps give perspective into how the mapmakers conceived of their world, as well as how borders and regions have changed over time. 

Not all of the maps included here are from archives that participate in the ESSSS project. For maps included in other digital archives, click on the map to access the database from which you can download a high quality copy. Reference information is included beneath each map.


Map of Brasilia, 1671

brasil map 1671
Brasilia,  1671 by Arnoldus Montanus. From author's De Nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of Beschryving van America en 't zuid-land..., 1671. American Memory, Map Collections. Library of Congress . Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C.

Map of the Coast of Brazil, 1764

map of rio and coast of brazil
Carte de la L'isle Grande et coste de Brezil aux environs, 1764 by Jacques Nicolas Bellin. Published in author's Petit Atlas Maritime 1764. American Memory, Map Collections. Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C.

Map of Rio de Janeiro, 1882

rio harbor
Rio De Janeiro Harbour, 1882. From A Dictionary Practical, Theoretical, and Historical of Commerce and Commercial Navigation by J.R. M'Culloch. Longmans, Green and Co. London, 1882. Part of the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, The University of Texas at Austin.