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

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Overview

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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Van den Broecke (1585-1640) wrote a detailed account of four trading journeys, probably after he returned to the Netherlands in 1630 though he did include a daily journal. He was the first European to describe publicly the communities of people he encountered in west Africa. The published volumes significantly altered the text, and La Fleur (Asian, African, and Amerindian studies, U. of Leiden) offers the first English translation of the African part of the manuscript as newly transliterated in 1950. He includes full Africanist annotation and line maps. Distributed by Ashgate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780904180688
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Hakluyt Society Second Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps ix
Prefatory Note: Pieter van den Broecke's Manuscript xi
Preface xiii
Introduction 1
The Present Edition: Style of Presentation, Editing, and Annotation 18
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 Currency 107
B. Extant Editions of the Manuscript 109
C. Maps 113
Bibliography 123
Index of Persons 133
Index of Places 135
Index of Select Subjects 137
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