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By Malyn Newitt

ISBN-10: 041523980X

ISBN-13: 9780415239806

A historical past of Portuguese out of the country enlargement 1400-1668 offers an available survey of ways the Portuguese turned so influential in this interval and the way Portuguese settlements have been based in parts as remote as Asia, Africa and South the United States. Malyn Newitt examines how the information and associations of a overdue medieval society have been deployed to help growth into Africa and the Atlantic islands, in addition to how, via contention with Castile, this grew right into a all over the world enterprise. ultimately, he considers how resilient the Portuguese in another country groups have been, surviving wars and normal failures, and heading off assaults via the extra seriously armed English and Dutch invaders until eventually good into the 1600s. together with a close bibliography and word list, A background of Portuguese abroad enlargement 1400-1668 is a useful textbook for all these learning this attention-grabbing interval of eu growth

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It became necessary to sail further along the coast in order to conduct raids on fresh and unsuspecting populations. In this way successive slave raids extended the knowledge of the coast, and the slavers, in spite of themselves, turned into explorers. 68 Slave raids still continued to be made on the Canary Islands over which the Portuguese persisted in claiming sovereignty. By 1445 the slaving ships had reached the southern limits of the Sahara and were beginning to make contact with the black kingdoms of Senegambia.

During the last quarter of the fourteenth and the first years of the fifteenth century ships from southern European ports had continued to visit the Canary Islands and the Atlantic coast of Morocco. It is fairly certain that some of these voyages, made by Andalusians, Catalans, French and Genoese, as well as Portuguese, sailed far down the Saharan coast, possibly even as far as Guinea, before turning back, discouraged by the barrenness of the coasts and the lack of evident reward. The best-documented expedition is that led by the Frenchman, Jean de Bettencourt, who, between 1402 and 1405, made a settlement in the Canary Islands.

Third, and perhaps most important of all, the chronicle is almost the only nearly contemporary record of the early commercial contacts with Africa. The absence of any alternative narrative leaves Zurara’s version unrivalled and unassailable. From one perspective Zurara was right to portray his master as being imbued with contemporary ideas of chivalry and religion, for Henrique was certainly the leader of the political faction that wanted to take forward the reconquista in Morocco. It was Zurara’s genius to imply that this essentially conservative and traditional man was a visionary, a recluse, a saint and a scholar.

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