New PDF release: A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama, 1497–1499

By E. G. Ravenstein (editor)

ISBN-10: 0511708483

ISBN-13: 9780511708480

ISBN-10: 1108012965

ISBN-13: 9781108012966

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made to be had edited (and occasionally translated) early money owed of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, includes a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works through authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and overlaying voyages to the hot global, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. Vasco da Gama (c. 1460-1524) was once a Portuguese explorer who commanded the 1st eu excursion to sail on to India. This voyage and his mixture of strength and international relations whereas in India was once crucial to Portugal's good fortune as a colonising strength within the early 16th century. Translated and edited through E. G. Ravenstein, this quantity includes an nameless magazine that is the final surviving first-hand account of Vasco da Gama's old voyage. modern diplomatic stories in regards to the voyage also are integrated during this ebook.

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Having joined company we pursued our route, but the wind fell, and we were becalmed until Wednesday [July 26]. At ten o'clock on that day we sighted the captain-major, about five leagues ahead of us, and having got speech with him in the evening we gave expression to our joy by many times firing off our bombards1 and sounding the trumpets. The day after this, a Thursday [July 27], we arrived at the island of Samtiago [Sao Thiago],'2 and joyfully anchored in the bay of Santa Maria, where we took on board meat, water and wood, and did the much-needed repairs to our yards.

Was the famous historian Fernao Lopes de Castanheda, who was Apparitor and Keeper of the Archives in the University of Coimbra, and was engaged there during twenty years, much to the injury of his health and private fortune, in collecting the materials for his Historia do Descobrimento e Conquista da India. In support of this assumption he publishes a signature (see the facsimile on page xxii) taken from a copy of the first book of Castanheda's history, published in 1551. But A. Herculano,2 whilst admitting this signature to be genuine, points out that the cursive characters of the MS.

We were still at supper; but when his shouts were heard the captain-major rose at once, and so did we others, and we entered a sailing boat. The negroes then began running along the beach, and they came as quickly up with Fernao Velloso1 as we did, and when we endeavoured to get him into the boat they threw their assegais, and wounded the captain-major and three or four others. All this happened because we looked upon these people as men of little spirit, quite incapable of violence, and had therefore landed without first arming ourselves.

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