A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
221: Mauricio de Nassau Bridge
JANUARY 2009: Ponte Mauricio de Nassau
The Dutch occupation of north-east Brazil (1630-1654) has a deep impact in Brazil’s history. Many Brazilians still argue that the Dutch have done many good things in the former colony. And many believe that Brazil was much better off with the Dutch occupation than with the Portuguese occupation. Recife, now capital of of the state Pernambuco, was the capital of the Dutch colony. The city expanded, and bridges were designed to link neighborhoods with each other. For example, a bridge was built between Recife and the island of Santo Antônio. The “Ponte de Recife” was partly built of stone and partly built of wood. Today, there is a 180-meter-long steel bridge named after the Dutch governor and initiator of the bridge: Maurício de Nassau.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2009, 2016