Dutch path and New bridge, Vila Velha
|Dutch path and New bridge, Vila Velha|
|Other name||Trilha dos Holandeses e Ponte Nova, Vila Velha|
|Project duration||till 2003|
|Contact person||Hannedea van Nederveen Meerkerk|
|Type of Project||Care & Management|
|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.
|Organisations referring to this project|
|Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Brasilia, Brazil|
|MoWIC Foundation (Monuments of the Dutch West India Company)|
|Experts referring to this project|
|Odilon de Albuquerque Mello|
|Cláudio Avellar de Albuquerque|
|Hannedea van Nederveen Meerkerk|
|Francisco Pereira Daví|
|Ulysses Pernambucano de Mello|