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Aside from the annotations which are often trivial and as partial as the book itself, the English translation, “History of the New World by Girolamo Benzoni”. The Milanese Benzoni journeyed to the New World in , visiting the Antilles, Central America, the west coast of South America, and Guatemala. His Historia. The Milanese Girolamo Benzoni published his Historia del mondo nuovo in fact that Benzoni reveals himself in his text as an unmistakable opponent of the.

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Looking for beautiful books? Controversy came to surround that Historia del Mondo Nuovo itself. Consequently, Spanish colonialism appropriated rather than replaced existing forms of imperial control in those areas. Born at Milan about Like girklamo other early chroniclers of the Americas, Benzoni recorded a great deal benzonu information about Native Americans. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

Benzoni was not a gifted writer. Benzoni certainly makes use of this schema.

Girolamo Benzoni – Wikipedia

Benzoni’s references to crucial themes in colonial history and his unsubtle discourse regarding the Spanish conquests bejzoni certainly stimulate classroom discussions ranging from the Black Legend debate to the usefulness and pitfalls of firsthand travel accounts. Over the course of the sixteenth century, royal legislation gradually created a unique legal and political sphere for indigenous subjects. Such a confluence of dynastic providence was certainly cause for alarm.

In the text, signori has been translated as lords to match the Spanish convention.

He returned to Spain and thence to Italyin Benzoni often writes of Spanish foolishness, yet he rarely compares Spaniards and Italians directly. He definitely found it, traversing breathtaking surroundings, encountering tattooed and pierced natives, engaging in deadly battles, and barely surviving almost continual hardship.

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In writing it, no standard of girolami was applied; this was not in the spirit of the times. The Reconquista ended inwhen Ferdinand and Isabel, co-monarchs of the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, conquered the last caliphate. After that nothing is known of Benzoni. Support Free Education Tax deductible support Free education. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Girolamo Benzoni

The kings of Spain did not finance these expeditions; they promised future rewards for privately organized and funded campaigns.

Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Intrinsically, the book has small merit, except in as far as it presents and describes facts witnessed by the author.

It contains interesting details about the countries he visited, but abounds in errors and often in intentional misstatements. Never Miss any Updates! Benzoni is indeed recommended reading for all courses and discussions considering the birth and girth of global modernity. From there, conquests traveled inland into Paraguay and Bolivia Some hints in his book suggest that his main purpose in the New World was commerce, which he often had to carry on with difficulty as trading by foreigners in the Spanish colonies was not looked upon with favor by the Spaniards.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He also says his father sent him throughout Europe, one assumes on business. Each of these reprintings coincided with heightened tensions between Spain and England. From Peru, conquests expanded south into Chile and north into Ecuador and Colombia From Mexico, campaigns pushed into northern Mexico s—50sGuatemala s and Central America, and eventually Florida The mix of adventure, exotic people and places, and anti-Spanish diatribe made The History of the New World an immediate best seller.

Though he never again speaks directly of his upbringing, the narrative supports his claim to be a down-on-his-luck merchant and curious traveler. Some scholars argue that the debate at Valladolid set the stage for later anticolonial thought.


Several editions were published in rapid succession; translations were made into English as well as into several other languages. Europeans were able to read about a dozen more translations and editions by the end of the sixteenth century, and quite a few more in the early seventeenth.

The patterns of conquest and exploitation that began in the Caribbean expanded to the mainland. For example, before setting out on his voyage, Columbus entered into a contractual agreement with Ferdinand and Isabel that stipulated the rewards he would receive for a successful venture.

This article was transcribed for New Advent by Joseph E. That move sparked a brief encounter between the Spaniards and the French from to Catholic Online on Instagram Shared Catholic moments. He then writes a new dedication in the second Italian edition in Atlantic exploration led to the settlement of Buenos Aires Exactly what he was doing in the New World is not clear: Although the Milanese could have developed a grudge against many foreign interlopers, including the papacy, the French, the Florentines, the Ottomans, and the Venetians, among others, the Spanish were the worst.

It spanned the yearsproviding detailed descriptions of native flora and fauna, exciting narration of harrowing exploits, and a surprisingly critical perspective on the expanding Spanish Empire’s methods of conquest and governance, in which Benzoni highlighted the struggles of indigenous peoples. He went to America in and successively visited the Antilles and the Isthmus, Guatemala, and the west coast of South America. Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Moreover, the translation, though serviceable, is clunky and more than a little dated.