Lisboa – São Tomé. Um roteiro de navegação, várias viagens e muitos tempos

Sandra Inês Cruz


This article looks at the description of the trip between Lisbon and São Tomé, known as “anonymous pilot's report”, trying to reflect on the representation of the space that the sailor crosses and tells in the 19th century. XVI. From the information included in the text - latitudes, distances and directions, wind and current regimes, knowledge of sea floors, fish and sky - it can be said that this report is a navigation route, a belief reinforced by the accuracy of the pilot's coordinates when projected into a contemporary Atlantic chart. But the document includes much information unnecessary to the art of seafaring, so the historical dimension becomes fundamental in reading this trip.

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