Dutch path and New bridge, Vila Velha

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Dutch path and New bridge, Vila Velha
Other name Trilha dos Holandeses e Ponte Nova, Vila Velha
Location
Continent South America
Countries Brazil
Sites Itamaracá
Status
Status Completed
Project duration  till 2003
Contact
Contact person Hannedea van Nederveen Meerkerk
Website http://www.mowic.nl/Trilha_dos.htm
Classification
Type of Project Care & Management
Discipline Heritage management
Activity Sustainable development
Category Built heritage
Keyword(s)
Colonial, Natural Heritage, Brazil, Built Heritage, Tourism, Atlantic World and the Dutch (AWAD), Atlantic World and the Dutch (AWAD project)

The Project of the Trilha dos Holandeses concerns a small trail between Fort Orange and Vila Velha. It had everything to do with the Dutch Period. Vila Velha, called Vila da Nossa Senhora da Conceição by the Portuguese, got the name Schoppestad or Schopstad in 1635, in honour of the German colonel serving the Republic, Sigismundus von Schoppe, conquering the place in 1633.

Schoppe had laid a bridge over the small river Paripé, until then separating Schoppestad from the region of Fort Orange. Doing such, the distance to the fort, otherwise ca. 20km, had been reduced to 2,5km. Contemporary maps show this bridge, that in the middle of the 19th century became ruinous, as Dom Pedro II wrote in his Diary. Since, the bridge has been replaced several times by a wooden ‘pontilha’.

In only three months the bridge has been built of certified woods: Massarandúba and Piquié de Amazonas. The Trilha dos Holandeses Project did become exemplary for future trilha projects.

The trail was investigated with an inventory of flora and fauna by a biologist from the UFPE at Recife. His report Flora and fauna inventory of species with relevance to the tourism in the “Dutchmen’s Trail” – Itamaracá, Pernambuco – Brazil included a special part on medicinal plants.


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Involved organisation(s)
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Brasilia, Brazil
Nassau-400 Anos
MoWIC Foundation (Monuments of the Dutch West India Company)

Funding organisation(s)
Copergás
Petrobras
Bompreço
Eurobras

Organisations referring to this project
Bompreço
Copergás
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Brasilia, Brazil
Eurobras
MoWIC Foundation (Monuments of the Dutch West India Company)
Nassau-400 Anos
Petrobras



Involved expert(s)
Hannedea van Nederveen Meerkerk
Ulysses Pernambucano de Mello
Odilon de Albuquerque Mello(†)
Francisco Pereira Daví
Cláudio Avellar de Albuquerque

Experts referring to this project
Odilon de Albuquerque Mello
Cláudio Avellar de Albuquerque
Hannedea van Nederveen Meerkerk
Francisco Pereira Daví
Ulysses Pernambucano de Mello



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