Do borrão às aguadas: os engenheiros militares e a representação da Capitania de São Paulo

Analyzing the role of military engineers means venturing into discussions about specific regions, even those from which they are apparently absent. Their presence or absence has always been synonymous with interest and a more or less directed colonization project. This essay examines the maps produced by the military engineers working in the Captaincy of São Paulo, a territory often looked upon as one of little economic import and a rather autonomous area in light of the plans of the Portuguese Crown. By focusing on the cartographic corpus bequeathed by certain professionals serving in this region, we deal indirectly with the multifaceted role of these engineers as well as with the process of making geographic, chorographic and topographic charts – all the way from the sketch to watercolored maps. Perusing the charts
constructed by some of these professionals enabled us not only to delve into the rich details of their biographies but also to observe the technical mapmaking process and to unravel the political designs behind the exploration and representation of the lands discovered in the New World.

  • Article - Proceedings
  • Beatriz Piccolotto Siqueira Bueno
  • Museu Paulista -SP
  • 2009
  • São Paulo
  • Portuguese
  • Anais do Museu Paulista. São Paulo. N. Sér. v.17. n.2. p. 111-153. jul.- dez. 2009.
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