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Copy of a Letter of the King of Portugal Sent to the King of Castile Concerning the Voyage and Success of India

Copy of a Letter of the King of Portugal Sent to the King of Castile Concerning the Voyage and Success of India

TRANSLATED BY Sergio J. Pacifici
Copyright Date: 1955
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 40
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.ctttsv1q
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    Copy of a Letter of the King of Portugal Sent to the King of Castile Concerning the Voyage and Success of India
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    This is the first English translation of a rare historical document, the complete title of which is Copy of a Letter of the King of Portugal Sent to the King of Castile Concerning the Voyage and Success of India. Published in 1505 in Rome, the document purported to be a copy of a letter of Manual the Fortunate, king of Portugal, though some doubt exists among scholars as to whether the text was that of a letter of the king of simply a news publication. In any case, the document is historically significant, since it gives a contemporary account of the first commercial sea voyages to India by the Portuguese. The original publication from which this translation was made is in the James Ford Bell Collection in the University of Minnesota library.

    eISBN: 978-1-4529-3685-7
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Introduction
    (pp. [v]-[vi])
    John Parker

    When Vasco da Gama returned to Lisbon from India on August 29, 1499, he brought a century of Portuguese exploration and reconaissance to its conclusion, and inaugurated a new era of commercial and colonial expansion in the East. After Portuguese navigators had made countless voyages along the west coast of Africa to seek the products of that continent, contact with the legendary Christian kingdom of Prester John, and an all-water route to India, da Gama finally proved that the much-wanted spices of India could be brought to Europe by a route around the Cape of Good Hope.

    Manuel the Fortunate,...

  3. Translator’s Note
    (pp. [vii]-2)
    Sergio J. Pacifici
  4. Copy of a Letter of the King of Portugal Sent to the King of Castile Concerning the Voyage and Success of India
    (pp. 3-25)

    Although, my Catholic King and Lord, I have advised more than once Your Most Serene Majesty of our success in other letters of mine, after we had already begun our traffic and trade in the lands of India in our name, yet, at the present time, because of the arrival of some of our ships, it has seemed opportune to me to make a report of their news. And repeating whatever we have written in our previous letters, in order that you might be excellently informed of everything, it has seemed opportune to me to recall all the information from...