By E. G. Ravenstein (editor)
The guides of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early money owed of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, comprises a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works through authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and masking voyages to the hot global, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. Vasco da Gama (c. 1460-1524) was once a Portuguese explorer who commanded the 1st eu excursion to sail on to India. This voyage and his blend of strength and international relations whereas in India was once vital to Portugal's luck as a colonising strength within the early 16th century. Translated and edited by means of E. G. Ravenstein, this quantity includes an nameless magazine that is the final surviving first-hand account of Vasco da Gama's historical voyage. modern diplomatic studies in regards to the voyage also are incorporated during this publication.
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We may mention that modern sailing vessels going from S. Thiago by way of Sierra Leone and Ascension to the Cape, a distance of 5,410 miles, occupy on an average 49J days on the passage, making thus n o miles daily (58 in crossing from Sierra Leone to Ascension). A ship going direct (3,770 miles) has performed the passage in 41 days, thus averaging 92 daily. ) 1 The MS. has Garfoees, a word not to be found in the dictionary, but evidently an augmentative of garca, a heron. —KOPKE. The Gaivota, or gull, however, in no respect resembles a heron.
Castanheda (1, p. 54) mentions also the comptroller (veador) of the captain-major, but we are inclined to think that this is a duplication of the same person, namely, Diogo Dias, the clerk or purser of the 5. Gabriel. XXX INTRODUCTION. the beach in search of the ships' boats. According to Castanheda (i, pp. 71 and 72), one of these men was Gon^alo Pires. We may therefore strike out all these names from the list of possible authors. 4. Three members of the expedition are reported to have died during the voyage, namely, Pedro de Covilhao, the priest; Pedro de Faria de Figueredo, and his brother Francisco, all of them mentioned by Faria y Sousa alone.
M. de Mesquita Perestrello (1575) places the " Aguada da boa Paz" 15 leagues to the east of " Rio do Ouro" (the Limpopo), and 43 leagues to the west of Cabo das Correntes. This position corresponds to that of the Zavora River of Admiralty Chart No. 648, in 34" 25' E. It was here that Vasco da Gama cast anchor. The reference to the " swell of the sea' quite precludes the notion that he entered the well-sheltered Delagoa Bay. M. Kopke (in a note, Roteiro, p. , and says that this locality is still generally known as " Aguada da Boa Paz", but I can find no confirmation of this.