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Cangoxuma

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Artist Montanus (1625-1683)
Arnold Montanus (1625-1683) was a Dutch theologian and historian. In addition to extensive editorial work, he has written numerous historical treatises dealing with the peoples and culture of the New World and the overseas activities of the Dutch. Although he never left Europe himself, his books, translated into many languages, had a great influence on the European perception of the area concerned. De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld (The Unknown New World) and Gedenkwardige Gesantschappen der Oost-Indische Maatschappy in′t Vereenigde Nederland (Memorable Embassies of the East Indian Society in the United Netherlands) are his best known writings. He published Guiccardini's description of the Netherlands in Dutch in 1612, translated Giovanni Gioviano Pontano's (Pontanus) description of the trading city of Amsterdam from Latin in 1614, and published Mercator's Cosmographicae Meditationes in 1621. The additions to the text in Hondius' edition of Mercator's great atlas are probably also from his pen. Montanus bought seafarers and employees of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC) information and travel reports, and published them in 1669 in the publishing house of Jacob van Meurs (1619–1680).
Title Cangoxuma
Year ca. 1665
Description View of the port city of Kagoshima in Japan. It is located on the southern tip of the island of Kyushu.The city has been known since the 8th century. Kagoshima was the city where Francisco de Xavier went ashore on August 15, 1549. In 1863, the Namamugi incident occurred, in which the English admiral Kuper bombarded the city in retaliation for the murder of the merchant Richardson. The Shimazu clan was one of the major opponents of the Tokugawa and, after the Meiji restoration, provided important politicians, including: a. Saigō Takamori and Ōkubo Toshimichi. In 1877 the city became the center of the Satsuma rebellion. After eight months of fighting, the city was almost completely burned down, and the castle was also destroyed. Saigo, the leader of the rebellion, committed suicide.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Dimensions (cm)27,5 x 56 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringcolored
TechniqueCopper print

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