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The Hakluyt Society.

THE LETTERS OF AMERIGO VESPUCCI.

FIRST SERIES. NO. XC MDCCCXCIV

THE LETTERS OF AMERIGO VESPUCCI

AND

OTHER DOCUMENTS ILLUSTRATIVE OF HIS CAREER.

Translated, with Notes and an Introduction,

BY CLEMENTS R. MARKHAM, C.B., F.R.S.,

PRESIDENT OF THE HAKLUYT SOCIETY.

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.

COUNCIL OF THE HAKLUYT SOCIETY.

Clements R. Markham, Esq., C.B., F.R.S., Pres. R.G.S. , President.

Major General Sir Henry Rawlinson, K.C.B., D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., Associé Étranger de L'Institut de France , Vice President.

The Right Hon. Lord Aberdare, G.C.B., F.R.S., Vice President.

Vice Admiral Lindesay Brine. Robert Brown, Esq., M.A., Ph.D. Miller Christy, Esq. The Hon. George N. Curzon, M.P. The Right Hon. Sir Mountstuart E. Grant Duff, G.C.S.I., late Pres. R.G.S. F. Ducane Godman, Esq., F.R.S. Albert Gray, Esq. C. P. Lucas, Esq. A. P. Maudslay, Esq. E. Delmar Morgan, Esq. Captain Nathan, R.E. Admiral Sir E. Ommanney, C.B., F.R.S. E. A. Petherick, Esq. S. W. Silver, Esq. Coutts Trotter, Esq. Prof. E. B. Tylor, D.C.L. Captain W. J. L. Wharton, R.N.

William Foster, Esq., Honorary Secretary .

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Introduction i

Letter of Amerigo Vespucci to a "Magnificent Lord": First Voyage 1 Second Voyage 21 Third Voyage 34 Fourth Voyage 52

Letter of Amerigo Vespucci to Lorenzo Pietro F. di Medici 42 Evidence of Alonso de Hojeda respecting his Voyage of 1499 30 Account of the Voyage of Hojeda, 1499 1500, by Navarrete 31 Letter of the Admiral Christopher Columbus to his Son 57 Letter of Vianelo to the Seigneury of Venice 58 Letter of Naturalization in favour of Vespucci 61 Appointment of Amerigo Vespucci as Chief Pilot 63

Chapters from Las Casas, which discuss the Statements of Vespucci: Chapter CXL 68 " CLXIV 76 " CLXV 85 " CLXVI 86 " CLXVII 89 " CLXVIII 96 " CLXIX 101

Evidence respecting the Voyage of Pinzon and Solis 109 Las Casas (II, cap. xxxix) on the Voyage of Pinzon and Solis 111 Index 115

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INTRODUCTION.

The account of the alleged voyage of Amerigo Vespucci in 1497 98 was written for that worthy's own countrymen, and for foreigners who lived at a distance from the Peninsula. When, after some years, the story reached Spain in print, men were still alive who would have known whether any such voyage had ever been made. Among them was the able and impartial historian Las Casas, who considered that the story was false, and disproved it from internal evidence. The authority of Las Casas is alone conclusive. Modern investigators, such as Robertson, Muñoz, Navarrete, Humboldt, Washington Irving, and D'Avezac examined the question, and they all came to the same conclusion as Las Casas... Continue reading book >>




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