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Map of the East Indies, from the Cape of Good Hope to Japan by Pieter Goos, 1700

Series : Au coeur des cartes

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  00:05:28  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

This nautical chart of the Indian Ocean covers the entire expanse of the Dutch East India Company's operations from the Cape of Good Hope to Japan. It was engraved on copper and printed on vellum in Amsterdam by Pieter Goos (1616-1675) in 1660, then republished in 1700 by Johannes Van Keulen. This portolan depicted the state of Dutch knowledge about the Indian Ocean and the southwest Pacific in 1644 after the exploratory sailing of the Dutchman Abel Tasman along the coast of Australia. A unique feature is that it is possible to make out several pencil-drawn routes on the map, proving that it was used when navigating at sea.

A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Maps and Plans Department, shelf mark number Ge SH 18 PF 213 DIV 3 P 12 RES
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Author : HOFMANN Catherine (Conservatrice en chef au département des Cartes et plans de la BnF)
Director : GUILLEMAIN Franck
Scientific referent : HOFMANN Catherine
Audiovisual processUtilisation d'animations et de cartes géographiques.
Commentaire en voix-off. Sons d'ambiance et musique.
NotesCarte conservée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Cartes et plans, cote Ge SH 18 PF 213 DIV 3 P 12 RES

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BnF : Bibliothèque nationale de France
LAMOP : Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (INSHS)


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Geography ; History


Human geography ; History


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Item No.6879
PublicLarge audience
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