Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Maps of the Azores Exhibit

Fernando Da Silva is exhibiting a collection of maps of the Azores, collected over thirty years, in the Bridgewater Public Library’s Flora T. Little Gallery during June through mid-July.

Mr. Da Silva has been collecting maps, atlases, and prints since he was a teenager growing up in Somerville, Massachusetts. He came to the United States from the Azores in 1969 and has always been interested in cartography and navigation.

This collection contains original maps from a number of historically significant atlases, such as “Theatrum Orbris Terrarum” by Abraham Ortelius and “Tabularum Geographicum Contractarum” by Petrus Bertius. It also includes maps from a time when the Azores were an important “stopover” in the trans-Atlantic trade, as well as from the Second World War and the Cold War.

Mr. Da Silva is a graduate of Assumption College and Harvard University. He currently teaches Spanish and History of Science at the Foxborough Regional Charter School in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

The library’s gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m.; Friday, Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m. 

The gallery is accessible by elevator.

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