Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery: An Anthology / Edition 1

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The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries ushered in a new era of discovery as explorers traversed the globe, returning home with vivid tales of distant lands and exotic peoples. Aided by the invention of the printing press in Europe, travelers were able to spread their accounts to wider audiences than ever before. In Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery, historian Peter C. Mancall has compiled some of the most important travel accounts of this era. Written by authors from Spain, France, Italy, England, China, and North Africa describing locations that range from Brazil to Canada, China to Virginia, and Angola to Vietnam, these accounts provided crucial insight into unfamiliar cultures and environments, and also betrayed the prejudices of their own societies, revealing as much about the observers themselves as they did about faraway lands.
From Christopher Columbus to lesser-known figures such as the Huguenot missionary Jean de Léry, this anthology brings together first-hand accounts of places connected by the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Unlike other collections, Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery offers a global view of travel at a crucial stage in world, and human, history, with accounts written by non-European authors, including two new translations. Included here are the Mughal Emperor Babur's first thoughts of India upon establishing his empire there, the Chinese chronicler Ma Huan's report detailing Chinese travel to the Middle East during the fifteenth century, and an account of Africa written by the man known as Leo Africanus. In addition to these travel narratives, this anthology features rare pictures from sixteenth-century printed books, including images of Brazil, Roanoke, Guiana, and India, which, together with the accounts themselves, provide a detailed understanding of the many ways in which fifteenth and sixteenth century travelers and readers imagined other worlds.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A very attractive and informative collection of material on a subject of enduring interest."—John C. Appleby, Archives

"Peter Mancall has skillfully juxtaposed narratives of voyages to Africa, Asia, America and Europe over two hundred years. He lets us see the world through European eyes—though a few non-Europeans tell their fascinating tales—and inspires us to think anew about the uses of description."—Natalie Zemon-Davis, author of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds

"Truly global and comparative, Mancall's rich and useful anthology puts the travels of Europeans like Columbus, Vespucci, Raleigh, and Léry in company with those of a Ming admiral, a Moroccan ambassador, a Mogul emperor, and an Inca lord. Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas all receive attention in this dazzling blend of the familiar and strange."—Mary C. Fuller, author of Voyages in Print

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195155976
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/26/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,305,121
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter C. Mancall is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and the Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is the author and editor of many titles, including Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America.

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Table of Contents

A journal of the first voyage of Vasco Da Gama (1497-1499) 61
The second voyage to Guinea (1554) 66
The voyage set forth by M. John Newton and M. John Bird (1588) 75
The adventures of Andrew Battle 78
A reporte of the kingdom of Congo (1597) 90
A geographical historie of Africa (1600) 96
Ying-yai Sheng-Lan - the overall survey of the ocean's shores (1433) 115
Narrative of a journey to Hindustan (1442-1444) 129
Magellan's voyage 129
The Baburnama 146
Of the Ilande of Giapan (1565) 156
An excellent treatise of the kingdom of China (1590) 165
A discourse of the kingdom of China 176
Discourse of voyages into ye Easte and West Indies (1598) 187
The letter of Christopher Columbus to Luis Santangel, announcing his discovery (1493) 207
Mondus Novus (1504) 214
Letters from Mexico 224
A short and briefe narration of the two navigations and discourses (1580) 233
Journey to the country of Cibola newly discovered (1540) 240
Of the West Indies 243
Chronicles of Peru 247
The captivity of Hans Stade of Hesse among the wild tribes of Eastern Brazil (1547-1555) 256
History of a voyage to the land of Brazil (1578) 263
Pictures of Brazil 273
The new found worlde, or Antarctike (1568) 281
A true reporte of the laste voyage into the west and northwest (1577) 287
The famous voyage of Sir Francis Drake into the South Sea (1577-1580) 299
The naturall and morall historie of the East and West Indies (1604) 305
A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia (1590) 312
Pictures of Roanoke 322
The discovery of the large, rich, and bewtiful empyre of Guiana (1596) 332
Pictures of Guiana 338
El primer nueva coronica y buen gobierno (1615-1616) 341
Turkish letters (1554-1562) 363
Discoverie of Vaigatz and Nova Zembla (1556) 369
En-Nafhat El-Miskiya, Fi-S-Sifarat Et-Tourkiya : relation d'une ambassade Marocaine en Turque (1589-1591) 373
An itinerary ... containing his ten years travell (1617) 379
Travels in England (1598) 386
Shipwreck suffered by Jorge d'Albuquerque Coelho (1601)
Travels in England (1599) 400
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