A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco Da Gama, 1497-1499

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E. G. Ravenstein
Cambridge University Press, Aug 31, 2010 - History - 312 pages
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The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. The first series, which ran from 1847 to 1899, consists of 100 books containing published or previously unpublished works by authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and covering voyages to the New World, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. Vasco da Gama (c. 1460-1524) was a Portuguese explorer who commanded the first European expedition to sail directly to India. This voyage and his combination of force and diplomacy while in India was integral to Portugal's success as a colonising power in the early sixteenth century. Translated and edited by E. G. Ravenstein, this volume contains an anonymous journal which is the last surviving first-hand account of Vasco da Gama's historic voyage. Contemporary diplomatic reports concerning the voyage are also included in this book.
 

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Contents

King Manuel 109
xii
On the importance of Vasco da Gamas voyage p xi
xix
Ships
xxvii
A Journal of the Voyage of Vasco da Gama in 149799
1
Calecut
48
The Voyage home
79
The figurehead of the 5 Raphael
91
The Kingdoms to the South of Calecut
96
B GlROLAMO SERNIGlS LETTERS 1499
119
C Three Portuguese Accounts of Vasco da Gamas
145
Vasco da Gamas Ships and their Equipment
157
A Caravel
158
Caos Padrão at Cape Cross
169
E Musterroll of Vasco da Gamas Fleet
173
G Early Maps illustrating Vasco da Gamas First Voyage
203
H HONOURS and Rewards bestowed upon Vasco da Gama
225

About Elephants
102
APPENDICES
109

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