A lecture on clay pipes at Vrijburg Conference
7 December 2018
On behalf of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum, Benedict Goes was asked to speak at the so-called Vrijburgh Conference, an annual symposium on Dutch heritage in Brazil. He spoke about the clay pipes that ships of the West India Company carried and are still found by archaeologists along the coasts of Brazil. Since the theme of the day was craftsmanship, the lectures covered apart from the clay pipe also other forms of industry that were imported from the Netherlands such as wall tiles and tools for shipbuilding were discussed. Unexpected was the lecture on cartographer Cornelis Goliath, who traveled from Zeeland to Brazil around 1640 to chart the coast.