"…A Milhor Cousa que Vossa Alteza tem Nestas Partes": Representações das cidades da Província do Norte do Estado da Índia (Séc. XVI-XVIII)

This text has two main objectives: to describe and analyze iconographic and cartographic documents of the four urban settlements of the Northern Province belonging to the former Estado da Índia – Baçaim, Chaul, Damão and Diu – produced by Portuguese authors between the mid-16th and 18th centuries; and to compile a list of all remaining documents of Portuguese origin pertaining to the same historical territory. For just over two centuries, the Northern Province was one of the most important colonial territories of the Estado da Índia, both from an economic and a defensive perspective. This historical territory has been somewhat neglected by historiography, especially its territorial, urban and architectural history. However, there is a considerable amount of representations of the territory’s four urban settlements and these are crucial understand its history. Through an indepth comparative analysis of these images, from the Roteiros of João de Castro to the cartography produced during the time of the Marquis de Pombal, and by confronting these images with written sources, satellite imagery and direct observation, one can ascertain their values as historical sources for the aforesaid urban settlements. Given its size and economical importance, the Northern Province’s hinterland was also provided with many and diverse defensive structures, some of which were equally depicted in images. Therefore, these representations are also described – albeit briefly – in the present text. Eventually, a forthcoming text will describe documents representing the same cities and territory but of non-Portuguese provenience

  • Article - Proceedings
  • Joaquim Rodrigues dos Santos
  • Sidh Daniel Losa Mendiratta
  • Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
  • 2011
  • Porto
  • Portuguese
  • in: Actas do IV Simpósio Lusobrasileiro de Cartografia Histórica, 9 a 12 de novembro de 2011, 29 p., il., color.
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