Portuguese letters and royal orders

Portuguese letters and royal orders

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Portuguese letters and royal orders
Dates: 1648-1653
Quantity: 1.0 folder (38 items)
Coll. Number: ms561
Location: 32108050744112

Biographical/Historical Note

The Dutch–Portuguese War was an armed conflict involving Dutch forces, in the form of the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company, against the Portuguese Empire. Beginning in 1602, the conflict primarily involved the Dutch companies invading Portuguese colonies in the Americas, Africa, India and the Far East. The war can be thought of as an extension of the Eighty Years War being fought in Europe at the time between Spain and The Netherlands, as Portugal was in a dynastic union with the Spanish Crown, after the 1580 Portuguese succession crisis, for most of the conflict. However, the conflict had little to do with the war in Europe and served mainly as a way for the Dutch to gain an overseas empire and control trade at the cost of the Portuguese. English forces also assisted the Dutch at certain points in the war. The result of the war was that although Portugal was the winner in South America, the Dutch were clearly the winners in the Far East. English ambitions also greatly benefited from the long standing war between its two main rivals in the Far East.


"Dutch-Portugese War." Wikipedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of mostly original letters and royal orders covering the years 1648-1653 pertaining to the administration of Brazil, the war against the Dutch, reorganization of the armed forces in Bahia, commerce, and other matters of like import. The documents are written in old Portuguese and some are faded and difficult to read.

Index Terms

Brazil--Civilization--Portuguese influences.
Brazil--History--Dutch Conquest, 1624-1654.
Portugal--History, Military.
Portugal--Politics and government--1640-1656.
Portugal. Exército.
Salvador (Brazil)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Portugal: letters and royal orders. MS 561. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Portugal, MS 507.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letters and royal orders, 1648-1653