The Age of Reconnaissance

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1981 - History - 365 pages
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The Age of Reconnaissance, as J. H. Parry has so aptly named it, was the period during which Europe discovered the rest of the world. It began with Henry the Navigator and the Portuguese voyages in the mid-fifteenth century and ended 250 years later when the "Reconnaissance" was all but complete. Dr. Parry examines the inducements—political, economic, religious—to overseas enterprises at the time, and analyzes the nature and problems of the various European settlements in the new lands.
  

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Contents

PREFACE Vll INTRODUCTION
1
THE CONDITIONS FOR DISCOVERY
17
ATTITUDES AND MOTIVES
19
COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE AND FINANCIAL BACKING
38
SHIPS AND SHIPBUILDERS
53
SEAMEN AND SEAMANSHIP
69
PILOTAGE AND NAVIGATION
83
CHARTS AND MAPS
100
THE ATLANTIC AND THE SOUTH SEA
146
THE AMERICAN CONQUESTS
163
ATLANTIC TRADE AND PIRACY
177
NEW ROUTES TO THE EAST
190
FISHING FURTRADING AND PLANTING
207
THE LAND EMPIRE OF SPAIN
227
THE SEA EMPIRES OF PORTUGAL AND HOLLAND
242
MIGRATIONS AND DISPERSALS
273

THE FIGHTING CAPACITY OF MEN AND OF SHIPS
114
AFRICA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN
131
THE COLONIAL BUREAUCRATS
290
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J. H. Parry (1914-1984) was educated at Cambridge and Harvard, taught at the University of the West Indies, the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the University of Wales. He was appointed Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University in 1965. Among his many books are "The Age of Reconnaissance" and "The Age of Discovery" (California).

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