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Accuratissima Brasiliæ tabula.

Accuratissima Brasiliæ tabula.

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Summary

Relief shown pictorially.
Oriented with north to the right.
Item 67 in LC G&M Leo Belgicus exhibit, Nov. 1993 to May 1994.
Includes insets of "Baya de todos os Sanctos" and "Villa d'Olinda de Pernambuco" and ill.
Text on verso.
Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
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Ancient Maps from the Library of Congress. 13th -18th Century Maps.

In the 17th century, maps took a huge leap forward. Mathematical and astronomical knowledge necessary to make accurate measurements had evolved. English mathematicians had perfected triangulation: navigation and surveying by right-angled triangles. Triangulation allowed navigators to set accurate courses and produced accurate land surveys. Seamen learned to correct their compasses for declination and had determined the existence of annual compass variation. Latitude determination was greatly improved with the John Davis quadrant. The measurement of distance sailed at sea was improved by another English invention, the common log. Longitudinal distance between Europe and Québec was determined by solar and lunar eclipses by the Jesuit Bressani in the 1640s and by Jean Deshayes in 1686. With accurate surveys in Europe, the grid of the modern map began to take shape.

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01/01/1630
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Contributors

Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651.
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Library of Congress
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