Sugar Works and Plantation, Pernambuco, Brazil, ca. 1640

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Image Reference

Joan Blaeu, Rerum per octennium in Brasilia et alibi nuper gestarum . . . Historia (Amsterdam, 1647). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University; also, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-101693)

This colored image is based on a plate inserted into an unidentified volume (perhaps Joan Blaeu's 1662, Atlas maior), without title page, in the John Carter Brown Library. Captioned, "Prefecturae Paranambucae pars Borealis," this inset from a map of Brazil shows sugar works and various plantation buildings, and slaves engaged in various tasks of sugar manufacture. The image was first published by Joan Blaeu in Caspar van Baerle's Rerum per octennium . . . Historia (1647). Also published in Joan Blaeu, Atlas maior, . . Cosmographia Blaviana (Amsterdam, 1662). Compare with image blaeu04a on this website, which has an additional scene in the center of a group of slaves carrying a planter's wife (?) in a hammoc; also, image NW0062-a, showing only sugar works and plantation buildings. (Thanks to Blanche Ebeling-Koning, of the JCB, for her assistance in describing this item).