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 the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, involves a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works by means of authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and protecting voyages to the hot global, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. Vasco da Gama (c. 1460-1524) used to be a Portuguese explorer who commanded the 1st ecu day trip to sail on to India. This voyage and his mix of strength and international relations whereas in India used to be imperative to Portugal's good fortune as a colonising energy within the early 16th century. Translated and edited via E. G. Ravenstein, this quantity comprises an nameless magazine that is the final surviving first-hand account of Vasco da Gama's historical voyage. modern diplomatic stories about the voyage also are incorporated during this booklet.
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On Wednesday [November 8] we cast anchor in this bay, and we remained there eight days, cleaning the ships, mending the sails, and taking in wood. The river Samtiagua [S. 76 feet 10 inches. This was considerably to the north of St. Helena Bay, which was only reached three days later. 3 A reference, no doubt, to Pero d'Alenquer, Vasco da Gama's pilot, who had been with B. Dias during his memorable voyage round the Cape, as had probably others of this armada. 4 Castanheda and Goes state that Nicolau Coelho was sent to take the soundings.
XXXIV INTRODUCTION. The French Translations of the " Roteiro". Two have been published. The first of these, by M. Ferdinand Denis, will be found in the third volume of Charton's Voyageurs Anciens et Modernes, Paris, 1855. It is based upon the first Portuguese edition, and ends with the arrival of the two vessels at the Rio Grande. The notes by Professor Kopke are embodied in those of the translator, who has added an introduction, giving a short but excellent biography of Vasco da Gama, and a bibliography.
Of course these are merely rough approximations, as the course taken by Vasco da Gama and the incidents of this memorable passage are not known to us. 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.
A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama, 1497–1499 by E. G. Ravenstein (editor)