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By Gomes Eanes de Zurara

ISBN-10: 0511709242

ISBN-13: 9780511709241

ISBN-10: 1108013902

ISBN-13: 9781108013901

The guides of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early bills of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, comprises a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works via authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and protecting voyages to the hot international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. Gomes Eanes de Zurara (c.1410-1474) was once a Portuguese author appointed to chronicle the lifetime of Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460) and the expeditions he subsidized. Zurara's chronicle of the invention of Guinea seemed during this two-volume English translation in 1896-1899. The editors' preface comprises an account of the voyages of exploration alongside the African coast backed by way of Prince Henry till 1448, including biographical information regarding the writer. quantity 2 includes chapters 41-97 of the Chronicle.

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Ancient enterprise was far more satisfactory than ancient observation, and the inaccuracies of the latter should not make us deny the former. Here the initial measurement, of the distance from Cerne to the Pillars as being equal to the distance from the Pillars to Carthage, because the time occupied in sailing was equal, seems not only too vague a reckoning, but inaccurate as ignoring one great difference. Inside the straits, Hanno's duty was simply to sail forward; outside, he had to plant colonists at suitable spots,—along a coast moreover, not so well known as that of North Africa to the Carthaginians.

According to Pliny,1 Polybius the historian also made a reconnaisance down the West coast of Africa, in the lifetime and under the order of Scipio yEmilianus. W. Mauretania (near C. Non). C. 117 (d. of Ptolemy Euergetes II, Physcon), his other two subsequent to that year. W. coast of our Marocco, probably not beyond Cape Non, or at furthest Cape Bojador. 1 Hist. , v, i. 2 The text here is very confused and difficult, but the best editors give the following text for Pliny:s words : " He (Poly us) INTRODUCTION.

D. 740, and onwards. xliv INTRODUCTION. of Moslem trade-colonies, which at last reached Sofala. {2) That the coast near Madagascar, as well as that island itself, seems to have been known to the great Arab traveller and geographer Masudi (" Massoudy") in the tenth century. 3 (6) That overland communication between the Barbary States and the negroes of the Sudan was originated by the Arabs, as a regular line of commerce, probably from the eleventh century at least. This last point is one which requires special 1 Masudi, ch.

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