Philippines: maps

potetjp potetjp at
Sat Nov 20 14:16:22 UTC 1999

This might interest some scholars.
1) The Museo Naval, Montalban 2, 28014 MADRID, SPAIN, has a Bugis copy of a
portuguese portulan of Insulindia. The toponyms are in Bugis characters.
When I visited the museum over a decade ago, these toponyms were said to be
in Arabic characters. I informed the curator of the mistake.
This map (72 x 89 cm) is on parchment and was kept in a bamboo tube. It was
seized on a Muslim pirate at an unkown but early date. An Augustine monk
presented  a Navy officer (D. Cayo Jimenez Arechaga) with it, and the latter
donated it to the museum in 1847.
Such Bugis maps have been studied by LE ROUX, C.C. F. M. (1935)
'Boegeneesche zeekarten van het Indischen Archipel', _Tijdschrift van het
Aardrijkskundig Genootschap_, ser. 2, Vol. 52 (1935), pp. 687-714.
The Museo Naval has also a unique 19th-Century collection of small scale
models of Philippine craft.
They also have a couple of native armors, reminiscent of Japanese and
Indochinese ones, as well as Spanish style armors made in the Philippines.
2) The Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, has a copy of the 1734 map
of the Philippines drawn by Murillo VELARDE (SJ). It is accompanied by 12
plates: 4 maps and 8 local scenes in a very naive style.
The BNF has also Johannes Van Doetec(h)um's portulan (circa 1600) entitled
"Insulae Moluccae", several toponyms of which are quite different from those
used nowadays, and the Philippines seemed to have been regarded as part of
the Molucas.
Jean-Paul G. POTET. B. P. 46. 92114 CLICHY CEDEX. FRANCE.

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