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Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415-1580 was once first released in 1977. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.

This account strains the historical past of the Portuguese in a foreign country discoveries, following the growth into the Atlantic island, the Madeiras, and the Azores. It keeps the account with the heritage of Portuguese discoveries alongside the African coast, at Guinea, the Congo, and reliable wish, then follows the voyages of Vasco da Gama to India and to Cabra, Brazil, and the growth within the early years of the 16 century to Malacca, China, and the East Indies. the quantity offers not just an invaluable narrative of the unfold of Portuguese empire but additionally new interpretations and analyses of the Portuguese in another country history.

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By Bailey W. Diffie, George D. Winius

Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415-1580 was once first released in 1977. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.

This account strains the historical past of the Portuguese in a foreign country discoveries, following the growth into the Atlantic island, the Madeiras, and the Azores. It keeps the account with the heritage of Portuguese discoveries alongside the African coast, at Guinea, the Congo, and reliable wish, then follows the voyages of Vasco da Gama to India and to Cabra, Brazil, and the growth within the early years of the 16 century to Malacca, China, and the East Indies. the quantity offers not just an invaluable narrative of the unfold of Portuguese empire but additionally new interpretations and analyses of the Portuguese in another country history.

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Brown, The Story of Maps, pp. 3-80; Max Gary and E. H. Warmington, The Ancient Explorers; Lionel Casson, The Ancient Mariners; Donald Harden, The Phoenicians; Charles E. Nowell, The Great Discoveries; Boies Penrose, Travel and Discovery, pp. 3-27; Percy Sykes, A history of Exploration, pp. I-A4. , spread westward to the end of the Mediterranean and eastward along the shores of the Black Sea. They mingled with their practical desire for commerce and colonization great scientific curiosity. They sought explanations of the earth on which they stood and all that seemed to surround them.

They occupied a region around Merida (Spain) and gave the Romans a difficult task of conquest. They were pushed west and formed a nucleus for Lusitania (later Portugal). The modern name of Portugal is derived from the region around Oporto, ruled by Henry of Burgundy and Teresa. 14 FOUNDATIONS OF THE PORTUGUESE EMPIRE route to the Holy Land for the Second Crusade. This placed in Christian hands one of the finest cities and ports in Europe. The future commercial importance of Portugal was foreshadowed by the trade and fishing carried on in Afonso Henriques's time.

Louis IX of France, still determined to strike a blow at the Muslims, made a new Crusade to Tunis in 1270, but failed again and died. His failure, as well as that of others, emphasized the value of anti-Muslim allies. The Polos, unable to recruit the missionaries requested by the khan because of an interregnum in the church, started again toward the East in 1271 with only two preaching friars, who soon dropped out. The brothers, however, had with them seventeen-year-old Marco, son of Nicolo. His personal qualities and gifts as a linguist attracted the khan who took him into his service.

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