Mapping the Traveled Space: Hans Staden's Maps in Warhaftige Historia
Metcalf, Alida C.
By examining the map and map-like illustrations published in Hans Staden's Warhaftige Historia (1557), this article argues that the maps underscore the truthfulness of the narrator by reinforcing his role as an eyewitness observer. Beyond bolstering the narrator?s authority, Staden's map projects a distinctly different image of Brazil. The mapping tradition of mariners seems to have been a major influence, and the map accords ownership of the mainland to indigenous groups, making his a unique representation of sixteenth-century Brazil.
Sixteenth-Century; Brazil; eyewitness observer; Hans Staden; mapping