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Interesting image of Olivier Va Noort's ship engaging with the Spanish fleet near Manila Bay.

Quirino notes that this is one of the earliest printed images of the Philippines.

The Latin describes a naval encounter near Manila in the 16th century, involving Dutch and Spanish forces, the battle between Olivier van Noort's Dutch squadron and the Spanish fleet under Antonio de Morga. This battle took place on December 14, 1600. During this engagement, the Spanish flagship San Diego was lost, but the Spanish managed to capture the Dutch ship Eendracht. The battle forced van Noort to withdraw from the Philippines, but he eventually became the first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world. The battle near Manila was part of van Noort’s broader campaign against Spanish possessions in the Pacific during the Eighty Years' War between the Netherlands and Spain

Theodor De Bry Biography

Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) was a prominent Flemish engraver and publisher best known for his engravings of the New World. Born in Liege, de Bry hailed from the portion of Flanders then controlled by Spain. The de Brys were a family of jewelers and engravers, and young Theodor was trained in those artisanal trades.

As a Lutheran, however, his life and livelihood were threatened when the Spanish Inquisition cracked down on non-Catholics. De Bry was banished and his goods seized in 1570. He fled to Strasbourg, where he studied under the Huguenot engraver Etienne Delaune. He also traveled to Antwerp, London, and Frankfurt, where he settled with his family.

In 1590, de Bry began to publish his Les Grands Voyages, which would eventually stretch to thirty volumes released by de Bry and his two sons. The volumes contained not only important engraved images of the New World, the first many had seen of the geographic novelties, but also several important maps. He also published a collection focused on India Orientalis. Les Grands Voyages was published in German, Latin, French, and English, extending de Bry’s fame and his view of the New World.