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History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, Otherwise Called America,9780520082748

History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, Otherwise Called America

Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/1/1993
Publisher(s): Ingram Pub Services


When the famous anthropologist Claude Leacute;vi-Strauss arrived in Rio de Janeiro, he had one book in his pocket: Jean de Leacute;ry'sHistory of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil. Leacute;ry had undertaken his fascinating and arduous voyage in 1556, as a youthful member of the first Protestant mission to the New World. Janet Whatley presents the first complete English translation of one of the most vivid early European accounts of life in the New World.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Translator's Introduction xv
Lery's Dedication xli
Preface xlv
Of the Motive and the Occasion That Made Us Undertake This Distant Voyage to the Land of Brazil
Of Our Embarkation at the Port of Honfleur in Normandy, Together with the Tempests, Encounters, Seizure of Ships, and the First Lands and Islands That We Discovered
Of the Bonitos, Albacore, Gilt-fish, Porpoises, Flying Fish, and Others of Various Kinds That We Saw and Took in the Torrid Zone
Of the Equator, or Equinoctial Line: Together with the Tempests, the Fickleness of Winds, the Pestilent Rains, the Heat, the Thirst, and Other Inconveniences That We Endured in That Region
Of the Sighting and First View That We Had Both of West India or the Land of Brazil and of the Savages That Inhabit It Together with Everything That Happened to Us on the Sea up to the Tropic of Capricorn
Of Our Landing at Fort Coligny in the Land of Brazil. Of the Reception That Villegagnon Gave Us, and of His Behavior, Regarding Both Religion and Other Aspects of His Government in That Country
A Description of the Bay of Guanabara Otherwise Called Janeiro in America; of the Island and Fort of Coligny, Which Was Built on It; Together with the Other Islands in the Region
Of the Natural Qualities, Strength, Stature, Nudity, Disposition and Ornamentation of the Body of the Brazilian Savages, Both Men and Women, Who Live in America, and Whom I Frequented for about a Year
Of the Big Roots and the Millet of Which the Savages Make Flour That They Eat Instead of Bread; and of Their Drink, Which They Call Caouin
Of the Animals, Kinds of Venison, Big Lizards, Snakes, and Other Monstrous Beasts of America
Of the Variety of Birds of America, All Different from Ours; Together with the Big Bats, Bees, Flies, Gnats and Other Strange Vermin of That Land
Of Some Fish That Are Common among the Savages of America, and of Their Manner of Fishing
Of the Trees, Herbs, Roots, and Exquisite Fruits Produced by the Land of Brazil
Of the War, Combats, Boldness, and Arms of the Savages of America
How the Americans Treat Their Prisoners of War and the Ceremonies They Observe Both in Killing and in Eating Them
What One Might Call Religion among the Savage Americans: Of the Errors in Which Certain Charlatans Called Caraibes Hold Them in Thrall; and of the Great Ignorance of God in Which They Are Plunged
Of Marriage, Polygamy, and Degrees of Consanguinity Observed by the Savages; and of the Treatment of Their Little Children
What One May Call Laws and Civil Order among the Savages: How Humanely They Treat and Receive Friends Who Visit Them; and of the Tears and Joyous Speeches That the Women Make to Welcome Them
How the Savages Treat Each Other in Their Illnesses Together with Their Burials and Funeral Ceremonies and the Great Lamentations They Make over Their Dead
Colloquy upon Entry or Arrival in the Land of Brazil among the People of the Country Called Tupinamba and Tupinenquin: in the Savage Language and in French
Of Our Departure from the Land of Brazil, Called America; Together with the Shipwrecks and Other Perils That We Escaped on the Sea during Our Return
Of the Extreme Famine, Tempests, and Other Dangers from Which God Delivered Us as We Were Returning to France
Editions and Reception of Lery 220(5)
Notes 225(32)
Bibliography 257

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