Map The Big Island of Ceylon, or Ilanare, Called Chilan by the Arabs, Persians and Chinese. t Groot Eiland Ceilon, of Ilanare, by d'Arabiers, Persianen en Chineezen, Chilan genoemd
About this Item
- The Big Island of Ceylon, or Ilanare, Called Chilan by the Arabs, Persians and Chinese.
- t Groot Eiland Ceilon, of Ilanare, by d'Arabiers, Persianen en Chineezen, Chilan genoemd
- This fine map of Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) was originally drawn to illustrate an account by the Portuguese historian João de Barros (1496-1570) of the voyage to Asia that Lopo Soares de Albergaria (circa 1453-circa 1532) made in 1515 on behalf of King Manuel I of Portugal. Relief is shown pictorially, north is oriented to the right, and scale is given in Dutch, Spanish, and French miles. The Portuguese established a foothold in Ceylon in the early 1500s, but it was only in 1517 that Lopo Soares, the third governor of Portuguese India, obtained permission from the local authorities to build a fortress at Colombo (marked Kolombo on the map). The Portuguese dominated the coastal areas of the island until they were expelled by the Dutch in 1658. The map shows Candy (present-day Kandy), Jafnapatnam (present-day Jaffna), and Fort Tirikonamalea (present-day Trincomalee). The edition of the map presented here was published in 1720 by Pieter Van der Aa (1659-1733), a publisher, editor, and bookseller in Leiden, Netherlands, who reproduced many rare maps by earlier travelers.
- Aa, Pieter van der, 1659-1733 Creator.
- Barros, João de, 1496-1570 Associated Name.
Created / Published
- Leiden : Pieter van der Aa, 1707.
- - Sri Lanka
- - 1707
- - Albergaria, Lopo Soares de, approximately 1453-approximately 1532
- - Exploration and encounters
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - "Scale approximately 1:2,800,000"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
- - Original resource extent: 1 map : 36 x 45 centimeters.
- - Original resource at: Qatar National Library.
- - Content in Dutch.
- - Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
- 1 online resource.
Library of Congress Control Number
- compressed data
Additional Metadata Formats
IIIF Presentation Manifest
Rights & Access
The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection. Absent any such restrictions, these materials are free to use and reuse. Researchers are encouraged to review the source information attached to each item. For information on contacting WDL partner organizations, see this archived list of partners
The Library asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here.
Credit Line: [Original Source citation], World Digital Library
More about Copyright and other Restrictions
For additional information and contact information for many of the partner organizations, see this archived capture of the World Digital Library site from 2021.
For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.
Cite This Item
Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.
Chicago citation style:
Aa, Pieter Van Der, Creator, and João De Barros. The Big Island of Ceylon, or Ilanare, Called Chilan by the Arabs, Persians and Chinese. Leiden: Pieter van der Aa, 1707. Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668686/.
APA citation style:
Aa, P. V. D. & Barros, J. D. (1707) The Big Island of Ceylon, or Ilanare, Called Chilan by the Arabs, Persians and Chinese. Leiden: Pieter van der Aa. [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021668686/.
MLA citation style:
Aa, Pieter Van Der, Creator, and João De Barros. The Big Island of Ceylon, or Ilanare, Called Chilan by the Arabs, Persians and Chinese. Leiden: Pieter van der Aa, 1707. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021668686/>.