The New Man and the New World: The Influence of Renaissance Humanism on the Explorers of the Italian Era of Discovery

The New Man and the New World: The Influence of Renaissance Humanism on the Explorers of the Italian Era of Discovery

by Richard Di Giacomo

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This book explains the emergence of the idea of a new world. The collective discoveries of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John and Sebastian Cabot, and Giovanni da Verrazzano constitute a distinct Italian Era of Discovery which laid the groundwork for all other voyages which followed. The Italian discoverers deserve a place alongside the well-known Humanists in the history of art, literature, philosophy, and government by virtue of their research and accomplishments. The explorers also made original contributions to the fields of science, navigation and cartography. The world view of the Italian explorers evolved to include the concept of a new world. They had to reevaluate their cosmography and change the maps to reflect their new knowledge. The concept of a New World was equally profound as that of a new age. The most important contribution of the Italian explorers was not what they found, but the change in thinking that took place when they tried to explain their discoveries. This book has been read by those with an interest in the Age of Discovery, Renaissance Humanism, and the history of the New World. It has been used in university classes as required reading in classes related to these topics.
Table of Contents
1. The Italian Era of Discovery
2. Christopher Columbus
3. Amerigo Vespucci
4. John and Sebastian Cabot
5. Giovanni da Verrazzano
6. The Impact of the Age of Discovery on Italy
7. Conclusion
A. Italian Voyages of Discovery
B. Chronology of the Italian Era of Discovery
C. Bibliography

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014675352
Publisher: Magnifico Publications
Publication date: 05/01/1991
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 123
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San José State University with a B.A. in Ancient and Medieval history, a B.A. in Social Science and an M.A. in American History. He has been a teacher for over 20 years and has taught in a variety of schools from private and continuation schools to public high schools. He has taught everything from at risk and limited English students to honors and college preparatory classes. The subjects he has taught include U.S. and World History, Government, Economics, Bible and Ethics, History of the Cold War, and Contemporary World History.
He has been a reviewer and contributor to textbooks, and a frequent presenter at social studies conferences on the use of simulations, videos, and computers in education. Rich spent a year studying in Florence, Italy. While viewing some of the oldest maps and globes portraying the New World, it occurred to him that there must be a connection between the New World and the New Age of the Renaissance. Hence, this book was born!

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This book has been used as assigned reading for college classes on the Renaissance period of history. --The University of Pittsburgh Receieved 4/5 stars on