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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Politically, the region became more centralized, as royal authority sought to establish new, uniform systems of government. Description The History of the New World is an abridged, unique English translation of sixteenth-century Italian merchant Girolamo Girolamp popular account of his adventures in the Americas and the Spanish colonies. We chose to translate the second benzon, published by Piero and Franceso Tini in Defending the Conquest Timothy F.

At other times, Benzoni copies other authors almost word for word, passing on specious information with nary a comment. This new edition will add yet another indispensable primary document to our collection of historical references for Anglophone students.

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. At almost every turn, Benzoni criticizes Spanish methods of conquest and governance, while frequently siding with Native Americans.

That move sparked a brief encounter between the Spaniards and the French from to benoni Though the debate was theoretical and brought no immediate concrete changes in policy, it demonstrated contemporary concerns in Europe about the treatment of indigenous people.

Although a traveler in Spanish America, he despised the Spanish. It was at the time when the controversy concerning the treatment of the Genzoni was hottest, and a work, written by one who had just returned from the New World brnzoni a stay of fifteen years could not fail to attract attention.

If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. Catholic Online School Free Catholic education for all. Several editions were published in rapid succession; translations were made into English as well as into several other languages.


Rather, the more amazing or awe-inspiring, the better, even if the descriptions were inexact and difficult.

The History of the New World

He went to America in and successively visited the Antilles and the Isthmus, Guatemala, and the west coast of South America. Nicholas girl saints st.

Practically speaking, unique animals were likened to familiar beasts of burden. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. He spent fifteen years in the territories conquered and being exploited by the Spaniards, travelling widely through the West Indies, Central America and South America, and visiting: A much more significant war involving the Ottoman Empire took place between and and then again from to In writing it, no standard of criticism was applied; this was not in the spirit of the times.

Although they were often agriculturalists, the settlement pattern in these regions was more dispersed, and communities could range from several dozen households benoni several thousand people. Intrinsically, the book has small merit, except in as far as it presents and describes facts witnessed by the author. Notes on the Translation Every translation necessarily involves some interpretation, and this one is no exception. 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.

The Conquest on Trial Carlos A. Parts of northern South America were settled as explorers discovered pearl fisheries and gold deposits. The same team issued a French translation in bemzoni In Italy, Charles would spend thirty years fending benozni French invasions and internal Italian challenges.

Search Search the Catholic Encyclopedia. Shewing his Travels in America, from A. Moreover, the interest in the emancipation and rights of non-Europeans did not end with the abuse of Native Americans.

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Several editions of Benzoni’s writings were published in rapid succession, [ citation needed ] including translations into languages such as English. 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.


New conquests expanded the frontier into previously uncharted territory. He accentuates the savagery in the Americas, be it via an exhausting passage on bloodthirsty mites capable of crippling a grown man overnight, or magniloquent descriptions of genuine man-eating Indians. The initial union of Castile and Aragon probably did not worry other European kingdoms.

In the dedication gorolamo his first edition he claims to have been born of humble parentage and unable to go to college. The patterns of conquest and exploitation that began in the Caribbean bejzoni to the mainland.

Girolako went to America in and successively visited the Antilles and the Isthmus, Guatemalaand the west coast of South America. It is thus not only the edition that most early moderns would have read but the one most accessible to modern scholars. Although his travels are presented as an adventure tale, he had a less glamorous motive for traveling across the globe: The publication in Europe of accounts detailing the conquests had increased the pace of immigration to the Americas even as new conquests continued to expand Spanish territorial control.

This article was transcribed for New Advent by Joseph E. Rather, conquistadors sought areas with large numbers of Native Americans. Over the course of the sixteenth century, royal legislation gradually created a unique legal and political sphere for indigenous subjects.

Instead, Benzoni reports and assesses his experiences in straightforward prose. Europeans were in the first throes of New World fever. Perfect for classroom use, this is a lively, vivid firsthand account of the adventure and wonder of the New World. For example, before setting out on his voyage, Columbus entered benzoi a contractual agreement with Ferdinand and Isabel that stipulated the rewards he would receive for a successful venture.

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