East Africa : Portuguese encounters with the world in the age of the discoveries /
edited by Malyn Newitt.
Aldershot ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.
xxx, 192 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps.
0754601811 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.
0754601811 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Long Description
The Portuguese appear to have been the first European visitors to encounter East Africa, with the arrival of a lone traveller, Pero da Covilham, in c.1491. Covilham left no account of his experiences, so Vasco da Gama had little idea of what to expect when he led his first voyage to the region in 1497. The account of this expedition paints a vivid portrait of the first contacts between Portugal and the coastal peoples of East Africa.This account, together with a wealth of carefully selected documents comprise this volume of writings which detail Portugal's relationship with East Africa from the late fifteenth century through to the seventeenth century. As these documents demonstrate, the best Portuguese writers had a deep interest in the African peoples and carefully observed the way their societies worked. The Portuguese in East Africa lived alongside their African subjects and the independent chiefs and to a large extent adopted their life style, technology, business practices, and even their beliefs and customs. This collection of contemporary writings from the period brings to life this extraordinary relationship.
Main Description
Collecting together sources such as letters, official documents and personal accounts, this volume charts the Portuguese discovery and settlement within East Africa from the late fifteenth- to the seventeenth century.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. ix
General editor's forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Contacts of the early Portuguese navigators with the peoples of the East African coastp. 1
Journal of the first voyage of Vasco da Gamap. 1
Cabral's fleet on the coast of East Africap. 5
Vasco da Gama's second voyagep. 7
Account of the voyage of D. Francisco de Almeida, viceroy of India, along the coast of East Africap. 11
The cruise of Tristao da Cunha and Afonso de Albuquerque along the coast of northwest Madagascarp. 17
Early descriptions of East Africa and its peoplesp. 21
Letter from Diogo de Alcacova to the kingp. 21
Description of the journey of the convict Antonio Fernandes into the interior of Monomotapap. 25
Letter from Joao Vaz de Almada, captain of Sofala, to the kingp. 29
The Book of Duarte Barbosap. 31
A description of central Africa in the mid-sixteenth centuryp. 36
The Portuguese factoryp. 41
Letter from Pero Ferreira Fogaca, captain of Kilwa, to the kingp. 41
Letter from Pero Vaz Soares, factor of Sofala, to the kingp. 42
Letter from Francisco de Brito, factor of Sofala, to the kingp. 45
Letter from Dom Pedro de Castro to the kingp. 47
Letter from Joao Velho, former factor of Sofala, to the kingp. 50
The Silveira missionp. 53
Letter from Father Andre Fernandes to the Father Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Indiap. 53
Letter from Father Andre Fernandes to Brother Luis Froisp. 56
Letter from Father Dom Goncalo da Silverira to the Fathers and Brothers of the College of the Society of Jesus in Goap. 59
Letter from Brother Baltasar to Father Marcosp. 61
The martyrdom of Dom Goncalo da Silveirap. 62
The Barreto-Homem expeditionp. 67
Barreto's expedition to Monomotapap. 67
Journey made by Fathers of the Society of Jesus with Francisco Barreto in the conquest of Monomotapa in the year 1569p. 69
Homem's march to Manica, 1574p. 71
Letter from Vasco Fernandes Homem to Luis da Silvap. 74
The Zimbap. 79
The Zimba in Zambesiap. 82
The Zimba on the East African coastp. 85
Portuguese descriptions of the peoples of East Africap. 85
The Portuguese and the kingdom of Quitevep. 85
The Portuguese at the gold fairsp. 89
The Monomotapa state in the seventeenth centuryp. 92
Father Francisco Monclaro's account of the Makuap. 96
Shipwrecks and the Southp. 99
The wreck of the galleon Sao Joao on the coast of Natal in the year 1552p. 99
The wreck of the ship Sao Thome in the land of Fumos in the year 1589p. 103
Wreck of the great ship Santo Alberto and the itinerary of the people who were saved from itp. 107
The wreck of the Santiagop. 111
Portuguese wars in the interior in the seventeenth centuryp. 115
Portuguese wars in central Africa in the seventeenth centuryp. 115
Letter of Sisnando Dias Bayao to Belchior Teixeirap. 120
Diogo de Sousa de Meneses's campaigns in East Africap. 122
Descriptions of Portuguese towns and settlementsp. 125
The Querimba Islands and their inhabitantsp. 125
Description of the Querimba Islands in 1634p. 128
Mozambique Island, c.1570p. 130
Mozambique Island before the Dutch siegesp. 131
Santos and the Muslims of Sofalap. 134
Sofala and its hinterlandp. 135
The Africans around Quelimanep. 138
Zambesia in the 1630sp. 140
The voyage made by Antonio Gomes of the Society of Jesus to the empire of Monomotapap. 149
Mombasa and its coast in 1634p. 151
Journeys of explorationp. 155
Gaspar Bocarro's overland journey to Kilwa, 1616p. 155
The Jesuits in Madagascarp. 158
Account of Lake Malawi in 1624p. 161
Decline and fall of the Portuguese on the Zimbabwe plateaup. 165
Report on the state and conquest of the rivers of Cuama in 1665p. 165
The Portuguese loss of the gold minesp. 170
Glossaryp. 173
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 181
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