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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Born at Milan about Almost immediately, the Spaniards who held encomienda grants were criticized for their abuse of indigenous subjects, the most vocal opposition coming from Spanish clergymen. It was at the time when the controversy concerning the treatment of the Indians was hottest, and a work, written by one who had just returned from the New World after a stay of fifteen years could not bnezoni to attract attention.

The kings of Spain did not finance these expeditions; they promised future rewards for privately organized and funded campaigns. A decade later, between andGonzalo Pizarro used similar practices to conquer much of the Inca Empire.

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It might be called a controversial document because of its violent partiality and hostility. Search Search the Catholic Encyclopedia. It contains interesting details about the countries he visited, but abounds in errors and often in intentional misstatements. But the Spanish conquests of the Americas were by no means finished, benzoi Benzoni learned firsthand during his travels. Surprisingly direct and accessible, The History of the New World benefits tremendously from Jana Byars’s new translation virolamo from her and Robert Schwaller’s careful editing and introduction, which will help today’s readers navigate Benzoni’s wild tales of lost treasure, shipwreck, jungle warfare, and human sacrifice.


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Beforemost settlement bnezoni on the island of Hispaniola. At its core, the Black Legend portrays Spaniards as harsh conquerors and colonizers, ruthless in their dealings with Native Americans and exploitive of the land and people under their rule. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you.

The book purported to present benzonni and describe events that Benzoni himself had witnessed. Although a traveler in Spanish America, he despised the Spanish. Benzoni was not a gifted writer. But he often presents these atrocities in concert with the even greater horrors perpetrated by the Spaniards.

The couple wisely negotiated strategic marriages for their children, most notably pairing their daughter Juana with the Habsburg Philip the Handsome, son of the Holy Roman Emperor.

The History of the New World

Review quote “[A] very readable, nimble translation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As the reader will see, the finer points of metaphor, well-placed adjectives, and a clever turn of phrase never interrupt his narrative.

Yet there were clear distinctions even within the ranks of the Christians, and Benzoni wants to emphasize them. Perfect for classroom use, this is a lively, vivid firsthand account of the adventure and wonder of the New World. Parts of northern South America were settled as explorers discovered pearl fisheries and gold deposits.


InCharles chose to retire to a monastery, bequeathing the Holy Roman Empire to his brother, Ferdinand, and leaving Spain, and its empire, to his son, Philip II, who remained embroiled in conflict throughout the sixteenth century.

But beyond that, Europeans rendered the utterly unknown into something benzlni identifiable. This accusation served the interest of Spanish conquistadors, because, unlike the so-called civilized groups, cannibals could be dealt with more harshly.

Girolamo Benzoni

Aune, California University of Pennsylvania “Robert Schwaller and Jana Byars provide an engaging translation of Benzoni that contextualizes his work girolami modern scholarship on the early modern Atlantic world as well as recent historical research on the Americas.

Anglophones had access to a bit of Benzoni from the early seventeenth century on. By the end of the century, the Short Account had gained ground, with translations into FrenchEnglishand German Even these are not always faithfully reported.

In the Americas, French and English pirates threatened girolmo colonists and his treasury.

The same team issued a French translation in Spain was girola,o the most powerful country in Europe during the years Benzoni spent tramping through the Americas, and its power was bolstered and maintained by the copious riches of the New World. His reports on the conquests of Mexico, and Peru bristle with errors.