Bay of All Saints – Bahia de Todos los Sanctos
Date of first edition: 1662
Date of this map: 1663
Dimensions (not including margins): 39 x 50,5 cm
Dimensions (including margins): 50,5 x 59 cm
Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving printed on strong paper. Old colouring. Some age-toning. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
Verso: text in French
Map reference: Van der Krogt II, 9855:2-2
From: Le Grand Atlas (Atlas Maior). Van der Krogt II, 2:611, page 257-258
Bay with a name
The Bay of All Saints (Portuguese: Baía de Todos os Santos), also known as All Saints’ Bay and Todos os Santos Bay, is the principal bay of the Brazilian state of Bahia, to which it gave its name.
The Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci was the first European to visit the bay, during his second expedition to the Americas. He entered the bay on All Saints’ Day (November 1), 1501. He named the Bay of the Holy Savior of All the Saints after the date and his parish church in Florence, San Salvatore di Ognissanti. Initially, the bay, its principal settlement, and the captaincy around it all shared the same name, but they were eventually distinguished, the state becoming simply Bahia, the bay becoming the Bay of All Saints, and the city becoming first Bahia and now (usually) Salvador
Latin key A-S
Title added: Sinus Omnium Sanctori