The Conquerors

The Conquerors

eBook - 2015
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As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire. In an astonishing blitz of thirty years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking ambition, attempted to seize the Indian Ocean, destroy Islam and take control of world trade.Told with Roger Crowley's customary skill and verve, this is narrative history at its most vivid - a epic tale of navigation, trade and technology, money and religious zealotry, political diplomacy and espionage, sea battles and shipwrecks, endurance, courage and terrifying brutality. Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts, it brings to life the exploits of an extraordinary band of conquerors - men such as Afonso de Albuquerque, the first European since Alexander the Great to found an Asian empire - who set in motion five hundred years of European colonisation and unleashed the forces of globalisation.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified :, publisher not identified],, 2015.
ISBN: 9780812994018
0812994019
9780571290918
0571290914
0571290892
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource.
Contents: Prologue: The prow of Europe
Part I. Reconnaissance: the route to the Indies
The India plan
The race
Vasco da Gama
"The Devil take you!"
The Samudri
Part II. Monopolies and holy war
Cabral
The fate of the Miri
Fury and vengeance
Toeholds
The Kingdom of India
The great whore of Babylon
"The terrible"
Three days at Chaul
"The wrath of the Franks"
Diu
Part III. Conquest: The great Khan of India
The doors of the Samudri
"What the Portuguese win they never give up"
Prisoners of the rain
The uses of terror
To the eye of the sun
The wax bullet
"All the riches of the world in your hands"
The last voyage
Epilogue: "They never stop in one place".
Summary: As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire. In an astonishing blitz of thirty years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking ambition, attempted to seize the Indian Ocean, destroy Islam and take control of world trade.Told with Roger Crowley's customary skill and verve, this is narrative history at its most vivid - a epic tale of navigation, trade and technology, money and religious zealotry, political diplomacy and espionage, sea battles and shipwrecks, endurance, courage and terrifying brutality. Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts, it brings to life the exploits of an extraordinary band of conquerors - men such as Afonso de Albuquerque, the first European since Alexander the Great to found an Asian empire - who set in motion five hundred years of European colonisation and unleashed the forces of globalisation.

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Dec 10, 2015

Publishers Weekly claims: // Surprisingly, there's no discussion of the Portuguese sailors' attitude toward Muslims after centuries of Moorish invasions and war on the Iberian Peninsula. \\
This is a weird comment, as the author repeatedly states the prevailing anti-Islamic sentiment among the rulers? [Due to Moorish occupation.]
Certainly, the lowly sailors' attitudes are typically never historically recorded, so how could the author comment pointedly???? Something peculiar and wrong with the critic of this?!?!
Great historical scholarship involved, so if unfamiliar with Portugal and the history of nautical global exploration, this is the book for you!

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