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Regimento de Pilotos e Roteiro da Índia

Dom António de Athaide. Regimento de Pilotos e Roteiro da Índia Oriental. Title on spine: Roteiros Para Varios Pontos da Asia e Africa. 1631. Boxer mss. II. [Regiment of pilots and routes of East India. Routes to various points of Asia and Africa.]

This particular map shows the Ilha de S. Lourenço (St. Lawrence Island), which today is known as Madagascar. The island was initially named for St. Lawrence in 1500 by the Portuguese explorer Diogo Dias. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the island, which was separated from the Portuguese colony of Mozambique by a wide channel.