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Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery An Anthology,9780195155976

Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery An Anthology

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/26/2006
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries ushered in a new era of discovery as explorers traversed the globe, returning home with vivid tales of distant lands and exotic peoples. Aided by the invention of the printing press in Europe, travelers were able to spread their accounts to wider audiencesthan ever before. In Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery, historian Peter C. Mancall has compiled some of the most important travel accounts of this era. Written by authors from Spain, France, Italy, England, China, and North Africa describing locations that range from Brazil to Canada,China to Virginia, and Angola to Vietnam, these accounts provided crucial insight into unfamiliar cultures and environments, and also betrayed the prejudices of their own societies, revealing as much about the observers themselves as they did about faraway lands.From Christopher Columbus to lesser-known figures such as the Huguenot missionary Jean de Lery, this anthology brings together first-hand accounts of places connected by the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Unlike other collections, Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery offers a globalview of travel at a crucial stage in world, and human, history, with accounts written by non-European authors, including two new translations. Included here are the Mughal Emperor Babur's first thoughts of India upon establishing his empire there, the Chinese chronicler Ma Huan's report detailingChinese travel to the Middle East during the fifteenth century, and an account of Africa written by the man known as Leo Africanus. In addition to these travel narratives, this anthology features rare pictures from sixteenth-century printed books, including images of Brazil, Roanoke, Guiana, andIndia, which, together with the accounts themselves, provide a detailed understanding of the many ways in which fifteenth and sixteenth century travelers and readers imagined other worlds.

Author Biography

Peter C. Mancall is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and the Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is the author and editor of many titles, including Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(46)
A Note on Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading 49(8)
Note on the Text 57(4)
Part I Africa
Document 1 A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco Da Gama (1497-1499)
E.G. Ravenstein, trans
Document 2 The Second Voyage to Guinea (1554)
Document 3 The Voyage Set Forth by M. John Newton and M. John Bird (1588)
Anthony Ingram
Document 4 The Adventures of Andrew Battel
Andrew Battel
Document 5 A Reporte of the Kingdom of Congo (1597)
Duarte Lopes, trans. Abraham Hartwell
Document 6 A Geographical Historie of Africa (1600)
Leo Africanus, trans. John Pory
Part II Asia
Document 7 Ying-Yai Sheng-Lan-The Overall Survey of the Ocean's Shores (1433)
Ma Huan, trans. J.V.G. Mills
Document 8 Narrative of a Journey to Hindustan (1442-1444)
'Abd al-Razzaq al-Samarqandi
Document 9 Magellan's Voyage
Antonio Pigafetta, trans. R.A. Skelton
Document 10 The Baburnama
Zahiruddin Muhammed Babur, trans. Wheeler M. Thackston
Document 11 Of the Ilande of Giapan (1565)
Luis Fróis
Document 12 An Excellent Treatise of the Kingdom of China (1590)
Duarte de Sande
Document 13 A Discourse of the Kingdome of China
Matteo Ricci
Document 14 Discourse of Voyages into ye Easte and West Indies (1598)
Jan Huygen van Linschoten
Part III America
Document 15 The Letter of Christopher Columbus to Luis de Santangel, Announcing His Discovery (1493)
Albert Bushnell Hart and Edward Charming, trans.
Document 16 Mondus Novus (1504)
Amerigo Vespucci, trans. G. Northrup
Document 17 Letters from Mexico
Hermán Cortés, trans. Anthony Pagden
Document 18 A Short and Briefe Narration of the Two Navigations and Discourses (1580)
Jacques Cartier, trans. John Florio
Document 19 Journey to the Country of Cibola Newly Discovered (1540)
Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, ed. Richard Hakluyt
Document 20 Of the West Indies
Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, ed. Richard Willes
Document 21 Chronicles of Peru
Pedro Cieza de León, trans. Harriet de Onas
Document 22 The Captivity of Hans Stade of Hesse Among the Wild Tribes of Eastern Brazil (1547-1555)
Hans Stade, trans. Albert Tootal
Document 23 History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil (1578)
Jean de Léry
Pictures of Brazil
Document 24 The New Found Worlde, or Antarctike (1568)
André Thevet
Document 25 A True Reporte of the Laste Voyage into the West and Northwest (1577)
Dionyse Settle
Document 26 The Famous Voyage of Sir Francis Drake into the South Sea (1577-1580)
Anonymous, ed. Richard Hakluyt
Document 27 The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies (1604)
José de Acosta, trans. E. Grinistone
Document 28 A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1590)
Thomas Harriot
Pictures of Roanoke
Document 29 The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana (1596)
Walter Ralegh
Pictures of Guiana
Document 30 El primer nueva corónica y been gobierno (1615-1616)
Felipe Guarnan Poma de Ayala, trans. Rolena Adorno and José Cárdenas Bunsen
Part IV Europe
Document 31 Turkish Letters (1554-1562)
Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, trans. Seyinor Forster
Document 32 Discoverie of Vaigatz and Nova Zembia (1556)
Richard Johnson
Document 33 En-Nafhat El-Miskiya, Fi-S-Sifarat Et-Tourkiya: Relation d'une ambassade Marocaine en Turque (1589-1591)
Abu'-l Hasan 'Ali al-Tamgruti, trans. Lisa Bitel and Peter C. Mancall
Document 34 An Itinerary...Containing His Ten Years Travell (1617)
Fynes moryson
Document 35 Travels in England (1598)
Paul Hentzner, ed. William Benchley Rye
Document 36 Shipwreck Suffered by Jorge & Albuquerque Coelho (1601)
Afonso Lois, C.R. Boxer, trans.
Document 37 Travels in England (1599)
Thomas Platter, trans. Clare Williams
Index 405

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