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The Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea Vol. I   By: (1410?-1474)

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WORKS ISSUED BY

The Hakluyt Society.

THE CHRONICLE OF THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF GUINEA.

VOL I.

No. XCV.

THE CHRONICLE OF THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF GUINEA.

WRITTEN BY

GOMES EANNES DE AZURARA;

NOW FIRST DONE INTO ENGLISH BY CHARLES RAYMOND BEAZLEY, M.A., F.R.G.S.,

LATE FELLOW OF MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD; CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE LISBON GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY;

AND

EDGAR PRESTAGE, B.A.OXON.,

KNIGHT OF THE MOST NOBLE PORTUGUESE ORDER OF S. THIAGO; CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE LISBON ROYAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, THE LISBON GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, ETC.

VOL. I

(CHAPTERS I XL).

With an Introduction on the Life and Writings of the Chronicler.

BURT FRANKLIN, PUBLISHER NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Published by BURT FRANKLIN 514 West 113th Street New York 25, N. Y.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY THE HAKLUYT SOCIETY REPRINTED BY PERMISSION

PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.

TO HIS MOST FAITHFUL MAJESTY DOM CARLOS Io, KING OF PORTUGAL AND THE ALGARVES, THIS WORK IS BY PERMISSION DEDICATED.

COUNCIL OF THE HAKLUYT SOCIETY.

SIR CLEMENTS MARKHAM, K.C.B., F.R.S., Pres. R.G.S. , PRESIDENT. THE RIGHT HON. THE LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY, VICE PRESIDENT. SIR A. WOLLASTON FRANKS, K.C.B., F.R.S., VICE PRESIDENT. C. RAYMOND BEAZLEY, ESQ., M.A. MILLER CHRISTY, ESQ. COLONEL G. EARL CHURCH. THE RIGHT HON. GEORGE N. CURZON, M.P. ALBERT GRAY, ESQ. THE RIGHT HON. LORD HAWKESBURY. EDWARD HEAWOOD, ESQ., M.A. ADMIRAL SIR ANTHONY H. HOSKINS, K.C.B. REAR ADMIRAL ALBERT H. MARKHAM. A. P. MAUDSLAY, ESQ. E. DELMAR MORGAN, ESQ. CAPTAIN NATHAN, R.E. ADMIRAL SIR E. OMMANNEY, C.B., F.R.S. CUTHBERT E. PEEK, ESQ. E. G. RAVENSTEIN, ESQ. COUTTS TROTTER, ESQ. REAR ADMIRAL W. J. L. WHARTON, C.B., R.N.

WILLIAM FOSTER, ESQ., Honorary Secretary .

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EDITORS' PREFACE.

The following translation of Azurara's Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea is the first complete English version that has appeared of the chief contemporary authority for the life work of Prince Henry of Portugal, surnamed the Navigator; and we may remind members of the Hakluyt Society, and other readers, that we have but lately passed the fifth centenary of the Prince's birth (March 4th, 1394).

The first volume includes about half of the text, together with an Introduction on the Life and Writings of Azurara, which it is hoped will be found more exhaustive and accurate than any previous notice of the historian.

In the second volume (which is due for the year 1897) will be given the rest of the Chronicle, with an Introduction on the Geographical Discoveries of the Portuguese, and Prince Henry's share in the same. It will also contain notes for the explanation of historical and other questions arising out of certain passages in the text of both volumes. To illustrate the condition of geographical knowledge in the period covered by the present instalment, we have included four reproductions of contemporary (or almost contemporary) maps: (1) Africa, according to the Laurentian Portolano of 1351 in the Medicean Library at Florence... Continue reading book >>


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