Pieter van den Broecke's Journal of Voyages to Cape Verde, Guinea and Angola, 1605-1612 / Edition 1

Pieter van den Broecke's Journal of Voyages to Cape Verde, Guinea and Angola, 1605-1612 / Edition 1

by J. D. La Fleur
     
 

ISBN-10: 0904180689

ISBN-13: 9780904180688

Pub. Date: 10/01/2000

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

In the summer of 1630, Pieter van den Broecke returned to Amsterdam after completing his fifth voyage overseas as a commercial agent for various Dutch companies who were then expanding their worldwide trading networks. Van den Broecke used this homecoming to compose a lengthy manuscript describing his experiences, and to arrange its publication in 1634. However, this…  See more details below

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In the summer of 1630, Pieter van den Broecke returned to Amsterdam after completing his fifth voyage overseas as a commercial agent for various Dutch companies who were then expanding their worldwide trading networks. Van den Broecke used this homecoming to compose a lengthy manuscript describing his experiences, and to arrange its publication in 1634. However, this published version presented his account in a highly abridged and significantly altered form.

The present edition offers for the first time an English translation of those parts of Van den Broecke's original manuscript which describe the four trading voyages he made to Africa in the early seventeenth century.

His manuscript is an important historical source because he was among the earliest of Europeans to describe in detail the communities he encountered in West Africa and Central Africa and to describe in detail the sophisticated commercial strategies of Dutch merchants then trading on the Atlantic coast of Africa.

This edition begins with an introductory essay presenting Van den Broecke's biography and places the writing of the manuscript within the context of his professional aspirations. The edited translation of Van den Broecke's narrative is extensively annotated with reference both to other contemporary accounts and to relevant modern scholarship.

Author Biography: About the Editor: James D. La Fleur, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780904180688
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Series:
Hakluyt Society Second Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsix
Prefatory Note: Pieter van den Broecke's Manuscriptxi
Prefacexiii
Introduction1
The Present Edition: Style of Presentation, Editing, and Annotation18
The Text
1.'First Voyage to Cape Verde'23
2.'First Voyage to Angola'43
3.'Second Voyage to Angola'69
4.'Third Voyage to Angola'83
Appendices
A.Weights, Measures, and Currency107
B.Extant Editions of the Manuscript109
C.Maps113
Bibliography123
Index of Persons133
Index of Places135
Index of Select Subjects137

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