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The First Voyage Around the World (1519-1522)

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On August 10, 1519, five ships departed from Seville for what was to become the first circumnavigation of the earth. Linked by fame to the name of its captain, Magellan, much of the expedition is known through the travelogue of one of the few crew members who returned to Spain: Antonio Pigafetta. At the beginning of his 1982 Nobel Lecture, Gabriel Garcia Marquez provided a memorable introduction to Pigafetta's book when he evoked the Renaissance traveler 'who went with Magellan on the first voyage around the world,' and wrote 'a strictly accurate account that nonetheless resembles a venture into fantasy.' But Pigafetta's book is far than a marvel-filled travel narrative; its remarkably accurate ethnographic and geographical account of the circumnavigation has guaranteed its status among modern historiographers of the earliest contacts between Europeans and the East Indies.
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On August 10, 1519, five ships and 250 men led by Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to attempt the first circumnavigation of the globe. Three years later, on September 6, 1522, one ship carrying 21 men returned to Seville. Written by a surviving crew member in the hope of receiving a "not slight remuneration" from the governor of Rhodes, it contains Pigafetta's clear-eyed account of the wonders of the New World: native peoples, plants, foods, and sea and land animals. Edited by Cachey (romance languages, Notre Dame), his fascinating account contains an erudite introduction, maps, extensive notes, and a bibliography. Pigafetta paid particular attention to geography and the languages of the peoples he encountered; his effort resulted in 23 maps and several word lists that will engage the most casual reader. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.Caroline Mitchell, Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568860053
  • Publisher: Marsilio Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Bio-Bibliographical Note
Note on the Text
Chronology of the Voyage
The First Voyage Around the World 3
Notes 125
Bibliography of Works Cited 185
Index 189
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