Les litteratures de voyage
Discovering the World (XIVth, XVth and XVIth Centuries)
This is an analysis of travel literature: accounts, chronicles, letters, journals, cosmographic treatises, etc, from the XIIIth-XIVth centuries to the start of the XVIIth century. The writings tell us about the ambassadors sent to Mongolia, Marco Polo, and the main mediaeval issues. As concepts and trade patterns changed, the Portuguese ventured out into the Atlantic and discovered Africa, before Columbus set off West in search of India. The conquest of the Americas and the discovery of Brazil went hand in hand with the links with India and then the Indian Ocean, Japan and China towards the end of the century.
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