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At its height in the first half of the seventeenth century, the Dutch West India Company controlled a scattered but sizeable portion of the western hemisphere, from present-day Albany, New York, to northeast Brazil. In 1647, the Dutch historian, theologian, and philosopher Caspar van Baerle created a landmark historical narrative, which he published in Latin.

Now, after more than 350 years, the definitive record of the brief period when the Dutch ruled Brazil is available in English for the first time. Included are rare historical descriptions of relations with the native population, the indigenous flora and fauna, the workings of the sugar economy, attitudes toward private property and religious pluralism, global intrigue involving the Spanish and Portuguese, and the development of the slave trade. The original illustrations and maps from van Baerle’s volume--a number of which are reproduced here--were used by Europeans well into the nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontispiece
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Front Matter
  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xxiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxviii
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  1. Dedication: To the Most Illustrious Count Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau, Lately Governor-General of Dutch Brazil.
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. History of the United Provinces and the War with Spain. Founding of the West India Company. Description of Brazil.
  2. pp. 5-30
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  1. 2. Count Johan Maurits’ Voyage to Brazil. Battle at Porto Calvo. Administrative Affairs in Brazil.
  2. pp. 31-53
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  1. 3. Conquests in Africa. Expeditions to Sergipe and Ceará. Administrative Affairs in Paraíba and Rio Grande. Description of Paraíba. Sugar Production.
  2. pp. 54-73
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  1. 5. The Affair Arciszewsky
  2. pp. 102-119
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  1. 6. Van der Dussen’s Report on the Brazilian Territories. Sugar Production. Brazilian Flora and Fauna.
  2. pp. 120-139
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  1. 7. Vrijburg Palace and the Count’s Gardens. Building Bridges across the Beberibe and Capibaribe Rivers.
  2. pp. 140-154
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  1. 8. The Spanish-Portuguese Armada at the Coast of Brazil, January 1640. Battle at the Downs, October 1639.
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. 9. Guerilla Warfare. Solar Eclipse. Slavery. Conquest of Sergipe del Rey. Portugal Rejects the Spanish Crown.
  2. pp. 175-198
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  1. 10. Conquests in Africa. Jol’s Expedition to São Tomé. Elias Herckmans’ Expedition into the Interior.
  2. pp. 199-216
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  1. 11. Conquest of Maranhão. Treaties with Portugal.
  2. pp. 217-233
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  1. 12. Portuguese Rebellion in Maranhão and São Tomé. Roulox Baro’s Journey to the Indian Tribes. Jacob Rabe’s Description of the Tapuyas.
  2. pp. 234-250
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  1. 13. Brouwer and Herckmans’ Expedition to Chile
  2. pp. 251-275
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  1. 14. Count Johan Maurits Prepares to Depart. Survey of His Eight-Year Governorship. Advice to the Councilors.
  2. pp. 276-291
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  1. 15. Administrative Affairs in the Brazilian Territories. The Count’s Departure. His Report to the States General.
  2. pp. 292-309
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  1. 16. Praise for Count Johan Maurits’ Conduct and Accomplishments as Governor-General of the Territory in Brazil, 1637–1644
  2. pp. 310-316
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  1. Glossary of Chilean Vocabulary
  2. pp. 317-324
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  1. Biography of Caspar Barlaeus
  2. pp. 325-328
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 329-362
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 363-370
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 371-385
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813040417
Related ISBN
9780813036649
MARC Record
OCLC
755413505
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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