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Pedro Cabral by James Roxburgh MacClymont, William Brooks Greenlee, Pero Vaz de Caminha
  

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Pedro Cabral by James Roxburgh MacClymont, William Brooks Greenlee, Pero Vaz de Caminha

The biography of Pedro Alvares Cabral (c1467 - c1520), the Portuguese commander of a fleet of ships whose epic voyage to India led to the first crossing of the South Atlantic, the discovery of Brazil, the discovery of Madagascar, and trade between Europe and Asia around Africa. Pedro Cabral's fleet was one of the largest fleets that had ever sailed the Atlantic. It set sail for India in 1500 on what turned out to be the longest voyage in history up to that time, and one of the greatest and most influential voyages of discovery ever made. On shore they encountered strange people with bodies painted and tattooed, and decorated with coverings of brilliant feathers. Their appearance and customs were entirely unlike any that the Portuguese had seen before. Pedro Cabral had discovered Brazil, writing the first page in its history, and had opened up South America to further discoveries. Their epic voyage continued despite considerable loss of lives and ships. Included are all of the first hand accounts of the journey, written by Pero Vaz de Caminha, Master John, and the anonymous narrative , and all of the reports written on their return by King Manuel, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeo Marchioni, Ca' Masser, and those that appeared in The Venetian letters and The Venetian diaries . Few voyages or discoverers have been of greater importance to posterity, yet few have been less appreciated in their time. Pedro Cabral is part of a series of biographies, published by Viartis, concerning The Voyages of Discovery including : Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Pedro Cabral, Bartolomeu Dias, and Amerigo Vespucci. Between them they discovered and opened up much of the then unknown world. [Data provided by Nielsen]

About the Author

Pero Vaz de Caminha sailed in Cabral's flagship as a writer. One of the two letters sent by Pedro Cabral to the King of Portugal relating their discovery of Brazil was written by him on 1st May 1500. It is the first document describing the discovery of Brazil, and has sometimes been called the first page in the history of Brazil. William Brooks Greenlee left Cornell University near the end of the nineteenth century to travel the world, seeing evidence of the voyages of the discoverers. He brought together for the first time all of the widely scattered published and unpublished documents relating to the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century. James Roxburgh MacClymont was a Scottish poet, and a historian of the voyages of discovery.

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Publication date

9th September 2009

Author

James Roxburgh MacClymont, William Brooks Greenlee, Pero Vaz de Caminha

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Publisher

Viartis

Format

Paperback
233 pages

Categories

Biography: historical, political & military
Geographical discovery & exploration

ISBN

9781906421014

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